Exam Time

Put your well-being ahead of exams, Samaritans say

Secondary school students, exam season is here and looking after our health and well-being is especially important around this stressful time.

Samaritans Ireland are appealing to students, parents, and teachers to take care of their mental health during exam season.

“This week tens of thousands of teenagers will sit their Junior Certificate and Leaving Certificate examinations. This can be an incredibly stressful time not only for the young person but for other family members, carers, and even teachers,” said Cindy O’Shea, Regional Director for Samaritans Ireland.

The charity has urged students to avoid “intolerable levels of pressure and stress”.

“We would urge anyone involved in exams and supporting young people with their studies, to ensure students look after their emotional health. That way they are likely to cope better with the stress of exams and achieve better too,”

“The world can often seem a busy and stressful place and many young people are anxious, not only about school and their grades but about their home life or peers. It is important that young people learn to manage their emotions, build resilience and develop their communication skills to ensure they can positively cope with difficulties they face,” said Ms. O’Shea

If you are feeling overwhelmed by exam pressure or if you are worried about someone else, then you can call Samaritans for free on 116 123, or text 087 260 90 90


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