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Depression is currently the leading cause of disability worldwide. Anxiety disorders also rank high, affecting millions of people. Conversations surrounding mental health have gained prominence. The understanding that mental health is not a privilege but a universal human right has become a rallying cry for advocates and healthcare professionals worldwide.

Mental health is not confined to a specific group or region; it transcends borders, cultures, and socioeconomic statuses. Supporting one another is a fundamental aspect of acknowledging mental health as a universal human right. It means being there for friends and family members who may be struggling, offering a listening ear without judgment, and encouraging them to seek professional help when needed. Compassion and empathy can go a long way in breaking down the barriers of stigma because we all share the same fundamental need for emotional and psychological well-being.

Why not join us tomorrow for our "Looking After Our Mental Health & Wellbeing" Coffee Morning where you can learn some more about the support we offer and also learn some tips on maintaining your mental health. We will be in Rahoonane Community Centre, Tralee 10:30-11:30am

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Join us this Wednesday, October 11th 2023 from 10:30-11:30am in Rahoonane Community Centre, Tralee, V92 D9HF, for a Cuppa & a Chat to learn more about us as we host a "Looking After Our Mental Health & Well-being" Coffee Morning in association with the Kerry Mental Health & Well-Being Festival @kerrymhwfest

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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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