See the person, not the exam result, says Samaritans Ireland

Samaritans Ireland has called on students, parents and peers to make sure young people getting their exam results this week are not put under unacceptable pressure.

With more than 55,000 students receiving their Leaving Certificate results tomorrow morning, it is crucial to emphasise that emotional wellbeing is more important than grades.

Keeping their results in perspective and their options open helps young people – and their parents – recover if they are disappointed or do not get a place on the course or career they want to join.

Dublin Samaritans will have its Feet on the Street team out in Temple Bar on Wednesday night (August 15th) between 8.30pm and 10.30pm to meet young people who may need emotional support.

Cindy O’Shea, Irish Regional Director for Samaritans, said we need to make sure that young people who are anxious know they can help themselves by talking to someone about the way they feel and by dealing with their worries.

“It is also helpful for young people to think about how they can relax and distract themselves so that they are able to take a break from thinking about their results,” Ms O’Shea said. “Anyone worried about themselves or a student can contact Samaritans for free from any phone on 116 123, text 087 260 9090 or email”

Samaritans volunteers across the country visit schools and colleges to talk to young people about emotional health and the importance of seeking help, talking and listening to others who may be going through a difficult time.

Coping with exam stress is also one of the topics Samaritans’ Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening (DEAL) resources for teachers covers, through a series that helps pupils to build emotional resilience and to support each other.

Ms O’Shea, a volunteer with Samaritans, continued: “Getting exam results can be stressful and we hope all students are pleased with their results. If you are not, remember that your results don’t define who you are, or show all that you can do.

“There are other opportunities and a chance to study again if that is what you want to do. You may need to make other plans and take some time to think, but that’s ok. “It helps to share your thoughts and feelings with someone, so do talk to friends, teachers and parents about how you are feeling, and look out for your friends. You will be ok, and Samaritans is always here.”


  • Samaritans in Ireland answered 625,000 calls for help last year, and 25,000 text messages.
  • Anyone can contact Samaritans any time for free from any phone on 116 123. This number is free to call and will not show up on your phone bill. Or text 087 260 9090 (standard text rates apply), email or go to to find details of your local branch where you can talk to one of our trained volunteers face to face.
  • For information on Samaritans’ Developing Emotional Awareness and Listening (DEAL) resources
  • To support Samaritans, or to enquire about volunteers visiting your school, contact your local branch via