15/08/2016

Call For Additional Counselling Support As Leaving Cert Results Are Released

Extra efforts should be made to provide additional counselling support for students receiving their Leaving Certificate results this week, it has been suggested.

Making the call, Sinn Féin spokesperson on Suicide Prevention, Pat Buckley, said: "Being a teenager today is very hard. There is a huge amount of pressure on young people to succeed and to fit in. Coupled with the sharing of the most minute details of their lives on social media, this can create a really difficult situation for a young person who is struggling.

"The Leaving Certificate is a very stressful time, it should be very exciting and hope filled, but not everyone does as well as they, their family or their friends expect.

"Every year we hear stories of young people who took their results, the end of school or fear of the future badly and ended up taking their lives. We have to ensure that these tragedies are avoided as much as possible. We have to ensure that any young person who needs support, reassurance or care receives it and is able to access it.

"Counselling and support services for teenagers receiving their results this week must be prioritised and increased to avoid more tragedies."

(MH/JP)

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