AS and A level results come out today (Thursday 13 August) and will affect an estimated three million young people in England and Wales.

If anyone is struggling because of exam results, or worried about a friend or relative, Samaritans is here round the clock, every day of the year.

Getting the results you hoped for can be great, but it can be very difficult if the unexpected happens. Plans for the future such as university or college can feel as if they have been scuppered overnight and it can be hard to see a way forward.

The friends and family of the young people involved can also feel the knock-on effects of worrying about results and the consequences of dashed hopes. Talking this through can help everyone deal with the situation.

“Samaritans volunteers are here round the clock, every day of the year for anyone who is struggling to cope after the AS and A level results. We keep conversations private and we won’t judge,” said Dr Andrew Mayers, the Patron for the Samaritans of Bournemouth and District.

“As well as calling the helpline, you can contact us via SMS, send an email or you can come to your local branch and talk to a volunteer face-to-face if that’s what you would prefer. “

Samaritans volunteers also carry out outreach work in their branch areas and are available at Festivals, in some city centres at weekends and sixth forms and further education colleges.

You can contact the Samaritans 24 hours a day, 365 days per year, om 08457 909090 (calls will cost 2p per minute plus your telephone company’s access charge). You can find other ways to make contact at