Monday 26 August 2019

Put well-being ahead of grades - Samaritans

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Gareth Morgan

Gareth Morgan

Students have been urged to put their mental health first during a stressful week of results and CAO offers.

As nerves start to fray, Samaritans is asking the 60,000 pupils receiving their marks, and those who care for them, to put well-being ahead of grades, and to ask for help if they are struggling.

Samaritans is reminding students and parents that the organisation is there to offer support for anyone, including those who are anxious, or those who do not get the results they were aiming for.

Niall Mulligan, executive director for Samaritans Ireland, said exam stress can have a negative influence on the mental health of young people.

"Teenagers and parents need to remember that while exam results are important, it is equally important to support those who are struggling to cope with the pressure, or who are unhappy with their achievements," he said.

"Samaritans volunteers are available around the clock, seven days a week, providing emotional support and a listening ear to anyone who needs help on freephone 116 123. Anyone who feels uncomfortable talking on the phone can email or text 087 260 9090." Standard text rates apply.

Over the past five years, Samaritans volunteers have answered almost three million calls for help, with demand via email and text messages increasing month on month.

Among the callers are students who find themselves struggling to cope when sitting major exams in June and when the results are issued in August, as they wait for a college place, and when they move to start college away from home.

Irish Independent

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