The South African Depression and Anxiety Group (SADAG) have made an impassioned plea to parents and guardians to converse with young people who are anxiously expecting their matric results.

The Independent Examination Board (IEB) has already announced that the class of 2018 has scored a 98.9% pass rate a 0.2% increase from 2017.

Basic Education Minister Angie Motshekga will officially announce the matric exam results on Thursday.

SADAG’s Cassey Chambers says young people need to know they are supported by loved ones during this period.

She says learners who want to contact SADAG for advice can do so on 0800 456 789.

“All too often we receive calls from students who feel so alone, like they can’t speak to their parents or they have no one to talk to, or no one understands what they are going through. As parents, you  can have that conversation today – let them know that whatever happens you still love them, it is going to be ok, you are going to figure it out. Be prepared. Have that discussion. What are they most worried about? What is option B? Have that discussion so they know you are on their side, look online to find out what options are available for remarking, supps, bridging courses. There is a toll-free number open seven days a week, 24 hours a day, 0800 456 789.”