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Today you receive your Leaving Certificate results and it can be a whirlwind of emotions. Excitement, nervousness, and even a touch of anxiety are completely normal reactions. Whether the outcome matches your expectations or not, coping with these feelings is essential for your well-being. Here is a few tips to navigate the emotional rollercoaster that follows Leaving Certificate results and find ways to move forward positively.

1. Acknowledge Your Emotions

No matter the outcome, it's important to recognise and acknowledge your feelings. Whether you're ecstatic, disappointed, or somewhere in between, give yourself permission to feel whatever comes naturally. These emotions are valid and part of the process.

2. Celebrate Your Achievements

If your results are as you hoped, celebrate your achievements! You've put in a lot of hard work, and this is your time to revel in your success. Share the good news with your loved ones and take pride in your accomplishments.

3. It's Okay to Feel Disappointed

If your results didn't meet your expectations, remember that it's ok to feel disappointed. Allow yourself to grieve the outcome you had hoped for. However, also remember that these results do not define your worth or your future.

4. Seek Support

Whether your results are positive or not, seeking support from family, friends, teachers, or a counsellor can be incredibly helpful. They can provide a listening ear, offer advice, and remind you that there are many paths to success.

5. Reflect and Reframe

Take some time to reflect on your results and what they mean for your future plans. If the results aren't what you anticipated, consider reframing the situation. Challenges can lead to opportunities for growth and learning.

6. Explore Options

If your results have affected your initial plans, remember that there are alternative paths to achieving your goals. Research different options, such as repeating exams, pursuing further education, or exploring apprenticeships. The journey may be different, but your goals are still within reach.

7. Self-Care

Coping with intense emotions requires taking care of yourself. Engage in activities that bring you joy and relaxation, whether it's reading, spending time in nature, practising a hobby, or simply taking a quiet moment to breathe.

8. Set New Goals

After processing your emotions, consider setting new goals. These could be academic, personal, or career-related. Having goals gives you direction and a sense of purpose as you move forward.

Leaving Certificate results day is a significant milestone in the lives of students, filled with an array of emotions. Remember that your results are just one chapter in your journey, and they don't determine your entire story. Acknowledge your feelings, seek support, and explore the multitude of paths available to you. By practising self-care and setting new goals, you're taking proactive steps toward a brighter future. No matter what your results may be there is always a bright future ahead, for some, you may just have to take an alternative route to achieve it.

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The UCC Level 6 Certificate in Mental Health in the Community is open for applications.

A partnership development between Mental Health Ireland and Adult Continuing Education. This course offers a unique opportunity to gain expertise in recovery approaches, mental health promotion, and suicide prevention, enabling the participant to become a strong advocate for mental health and well-being in their community.

Plus – MHI Tony Leahy Scholarships of up to 50% are available. Further details on the webpage.

To find out more, please log into

Please email with any queries.

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Kerry Peer Support Network provide weekly Recovery-based Support Groups for anyone over 18 years old with any mental health issues. Peer Support is an essential part of getting well and staying well for many people. These meetings are a free walk-in service provided by us. There are no appointments or referrals needed. It is a welcoming, safe, confidential, and non-judgemental space where people feel accepted and understood.

After some training of new Peer Facilitators, we are delighted to announce the return of our Peer Support Recovery meetings. TRALEE Peer Support Recovery Group EVERY WEDNESDAY 10:30-11:30am in Rahoonane Community Centre, Killeen Rd, Tralee, V92 D9HF.

For further information about Meeting locations throughout Cork & Kerry please contact Denise at 0876626718 or email

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