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Saturday 24 February 2018

You're not alone

Today can be a stressful day for students, but there is plenty of help available to steer a path through any disappointments or anxieties.

Family, friends and school are invaluable, while HeadsUp, a mental health promotion project geared towards 15-24-year-olds and run by the Rehab organisation, provides a variety of supports.

The HeadsUp text service -- text HEADSUP to 50424 -- will respond with details on a range of support services available nationwide.

Since its launch in 2007, 18,329 people have used the service and last year traffic doubled at exam results time.

The exams corner section of the website has a host of tips and coping mechanisms, including advice on how to manage anxiety before and after receiving results as well as a list of helpline contact numbers.

Collette Ryan, HeadsUp project manager, offers important advice: "You cannot change the fact that today your results are revealed but you can change your reaction to it.

"We want students to know that help is out there if things are getting on top of them. Results day itself can be highly emotional, with happiness for some and disappointment for others.

"Many students put a lot of pressure on themselves to achieve certain grades, but if students don't get the points for their first choice, there are other ways to get into their chosen career.

Irish Independent Supplement

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