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Increased need to look out for those experiencing exam stress - Buckley

6 June, 2017 - by Pat Buckley TD

Sinn Féin Mental Health spokesperson Pat Buckley TD has issued his best wishes to all those undertaking their Junior and Leaving Certificate exams as of tomorrow morning and has called for friends, family and schools to provide extra support in these stressful weeks.

Speaking today, Deputy Buckley said;

"Many parents can still remember the stress they felt at this time in their life. People experience stress dreams related to the exams period for years after they have sat them. We should remember this as our children embark on this very difficult time.

“Parents and family must take time to be supportive, to listen, and give space when needed. Above all we must remind our children that an exam does not define them and they have value well beyond grades and points.

“Schools must also be provided with the resources necessary to supply additional supports for people taking exams and also for when they receive their results.

“Moving through this stage of a child's education should be a positive experience which allows them to grow as a person, to learn valuable lessons for adulthood and every effort should be made to assist them in this journey.

“I want to wish all students sitting exams the best of luck and remind them that their families, friends and teachers are there for them if and when they’re needed."

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