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Students told not to stress out as they wait on Leaving results

thousands of Leaving Cert students will learn tomorrow what their future holds, but they are being urged not to panic.

Around 57,000 students are anxiously awaiting their results, but help is on hand to keep stress levels under control.

The Leaving Cert is just one of many ways of reaching career goals, according to the organisation HeadsUp, and keeping calm this week is key.

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"For many, results day is a great celebration while for others there can be initial disappointment or anxiety about having enough points for a course," Collette Ryan of HeadsUp said.

"We would encourage students to put their results into perspective."

The points race puts an untold amount of pressure on students, but this week many will face anxiety over choosing the wrong course or feeling like they have failed, Ms Ryan said.

If students are left with questions about the next step after they receive their results, they can call a temporary helpline on 1800 265 165. The service, providing one-to-one advice from guidance counsellors, will be available from 10am tomorrow.

Run by the National Parents Council, the helpline will be open for three days after the results come out and another three days when the first round CAO offers are released.

Advice will be available to parents and students for free.

Elsewhere, preparations are in place for traditions of a different kind, with nightclubs across Dublin gearing up for their results-night festivities.

Venues throughout the city are hosting parties with cheap drinks promos, guest DJs and in some cases "naughty hostesses".

But students are being urged not to get carried away with the celebrations.

Sleazy exam blowouts in June saw a controversial stripper invited to celebrate the end of exams along with students, attracting wide criticism. But this time things are expected to be much more low-key.

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Most venues are attracting party-goers with well-known DJs, but a drinks lobby group is urging revellers to avoid over-doing it by taking plenty of water and staying out of rounds.

The National Parents Council is also keen to ensure students enjoy a safe night out.

"The result you get on August 13 is only a stepping stone, and a flexible one at that," it said in a statement.

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