As thousands of teenagers across Ireland anxiously open their exam results, Samaritans Ireland is urging anyone who needs support to ask for help if they’re struggling
Pupils receiving their marks, and those who care for them, are being asked to put their wellbeing ahead of grades.
Samaritans is reminding students and parents that they are there to offer support for anyone, including those who are anxious or those who don’t get the results they were aiming for.
Almost 60,000 students in the Republic of Ireland will receive their Leaving Certificate results on Tuesday (August 13th), with thousands of students in Northern Ireland opening their A Levels on Thursday (August 15th).
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 [email protected] or text 087 260 9090.” (text number is RoI only and standard text rates apply)
Over the last five years Samaritans volunteers have answered almost 3 million calls for help, with demand on email and text message increasing month on month.
Among the callers are students who find themselves struggling to cope when sitting major exams in June, when the results are issued in August, as they wait for a college place, and when they move to start a college course away from home.
Many young people put themselves under enormous pressure to achieve well, and if they don’t get the points they hoped for their mental health may suffer. We urge them, and parents and carers, to try and keep things in perspective and look after their wellbeing during this time.
Niall Mulligan, Executive Director for Samaritans Ireland
For further information contact Sarah Stack on [email protected] or 085 860 5554.
Notes to Editors
- Whatever you’re going through, you can call Samaritans for free any time from any phone on 116 123. This number will not appear on your phone bill. Or you can text 087 260 90 90 (standard text rates apply), email [email protected] or visit samaritans.org to find out details of your nearest branch where you can meet a volunteer face to face.
- Our busiest day in 2017 was August 16th, the day the Leaving Certificate results were published, when 2,266 calls were answered. That figure dropped to 1,400 in 2018.
- Samaritans Ireland is a charity and it’s the public kind donations and 2,500 trained volunteers that mean Samaritans services are always there for anyone struggling to cope. Find out how you can support or volunteer with your local branch visit us at samaritans.ie