Leaving Cert can be stressful…there’s no denying.
Statistics show the rate of depression and anxiety among teenagers have increased by 70% in the past 25 years.
A survey by Pieta House last year revealed 50% of students say that school pressure is their top concern.
“There has been a 163% increase in the number of under 18s presenting to Pieta House due to suicide or self-harm in the last five years. In 2016 alone, over 1000 teenagers received treatment at Pieta House.”
I was delighted to be invited recently to speak to Leaving Cert students on ways to reduce exam stress.
I spoke to the them about; preparation; what the road to success really looks like; how their parents love them; life after the Leaving Cert; and their many options.
If you have a family member or friend doing exams this year you may wish to share this post with them.
Finally, here’s a helpful article on reducing neck and back pain while studying.