People leave their home countries for multiple reasons to live somewhere else. They may be forced to leave family members, homes, pets, jobs, careers, and their communities.
For some people, this is to seek a better life for themselves and their families. For others, the decision is forced due to war, civil unrest or poverty. The decision to move can be a very difficult one to make and sometimes has to be made very quickly.
As a parent or guardian, this can lead to carrying a lot of worry for your young person.
Your own mental health can be affected by moving somewhere else. While the reasons for moving differ, most people take time to settle into their new country.
Arriving in Ireland as a migrant is stressful and at times can be a painful experience.
The decision to move may have been difficult and sometimes has to be made very quickly.
As a parent, you want to be able to look after your young person’s physical and mental health to the best of your ability. You also need to be able to look after your own mental health to be able to provide support to others.
In this article, we will touch on the different issues that might come up for your young person and how can you support them.
Some of the areas that will likely come up are:
Leaving family behind
Physical health issues
Effects of war and conflict on young people’s mental health.
It’s a nail-biting time watching your young person prepare for the Leaving Cert. In 2021, students were given the choice between sitting the exam, receiving an accredited grade, or both. Approximately 58% of students chose to sit the exam in some capacity.
2022 sees the Leaving Cert return to a more traditional format, while incorporating more choice for students. This document has the adjusted assessment arrangements for taking state exams in the 2021/22 school year. These adjustments are designed to take account of the disrupted learning experienced by students during the pandemic.
We asked Jigsaw clinicians how they support and advise parents and young people finding it hard to cope with Leaving Cert stress. They suggested the following strategies and tips to support your young person and cheer them up. They also advised how to keep yourself and your home calm during these challenging times.