With Leaving Certificate students all over the county nervously awaiting the results of their State exams this Wednesday 13 August there is no doubt some students will get the results they want while some maybe disappointed. At this difficult time support and good advise is essential. One organisation rising to the challenge of supporting students is HeadsUp. They are reminding students to keep calm and remember that the exams are only one element in pursuing a particular career. To assist students during this stressful time Headsup will host an interactive webcast, titled “Life After Secondary School”, this Friday August 15th at 2pm for those looking for advice following their Leaving Certificate results and the options now available to them.
Collette Ryan, HeadsUp Project Manager, says, “In the days leading up to the results, students can become quite anxious but it is important that they and their families remember that the Leaving Certificate is only one avenue to further education or employment. There are many reasons for feeling anxious such as wanting to get the right results that reflect the work they put in, wanting to get similar results to their friends, a fear of failure, and the uncertainty of having chosen the right course.
HeadsUp is urging all students to look after their mental health and well-being before and after receiving their exam results with the help of the online HeadsUp ‘Exams Results Corner’. Available on the HeadsUp website – http://www.headsup.ie/ – it offers helpful advice and tips on how to manage anxiety and stress in the lead-up to the results, including:
- Looking after yourself and putting time aside for relaxation
- Doing exercise
- Talking to friends who may be feeling the same
- Expressing your feelings in alternative ways like writing or art
- Realising your expectations and addressing the unrealistic expectations of others can offer huge relief
- Consulting a GP if the stress of it all is impacting negatively on our daily life and activities
Those wishing to take part in the interactive webcast can submit their questions in advance by emailing email@example.com . Live questions will also be taken from registered participants during the session.
For further information on all HeadsUp support services log onto http://www.headsup.ie/