Don't Panic

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Good advice from one of our favourite authors here at Light Up Learning, and never more so than on #ExamResultsDay. Tomorrow will see many young people across the country making important decisions about their future, whilst navigating the accompanying emotional highs and lows: we’ve put together a list of the various places you can head to for support, and find help to explore your options.

  • First of, Scottish Association for Mental Health (SAMH) have a guide to understanding anxiety and panic attacks, should you find yourself overwhelmed.

  • Skills Development Scotland run an Exam Results helpline that offers free “advice, information and support when you’re not sure what your options are.” They operate Tuesday 6 and Wednesday 7 August, 8am-8pm, and Thursday 8 to Wednesday 14 August, 9am-5pm. Call 0808 100 8000.

  • Covering everything from how to support your friends, to a list of celebs who didn’t let disappointing exam results hold them back, Young Scot’s Exam Results guides have you covered.

  • Read one 17 year old Scottish student’s concerns around opening that envelope, and why she thinks whatever is inside will be irrelevant in 10 years, on the TES site.

  • Parents! There’s also help for you to understand how on earth today’s results relate to the ones you received, in this handy table from the SCQF Partnership….

  • ….or find which jobs are in demand in Scotland right now (and what kind of earning potential they have) at MyKidsCareer.

  • And finally, the BBC have collected stories and info, to help you put things firmly into perspective.

Whatever tomorrow holds for you, remember that there is genuinely #nowrongpath to take: the various stories on the links above demonstrate that people find their place in the world through different routes, and at different times. Here at Light Up Learning we help young people learn about what they love: if in doubt, identifying what this is, is a great place to start.

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