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Being in college as a mature student is normally really interesting, sometimes it can be challenging, (in a good way), and often it’s great craic! But sometimes it can be challenging in a not so good way.
Mature students are by definition “older”. Older can often mean that you have managed to accumulate additional responsibilities, additional stresses and worries. If you are like me, (male, in your mid-50’s and unemployed), you might be married, have a mortgage, kids in school / college, and feel a sense of responsibility to provide for your family. When I was growing up, we were taught that men were strong, men didn’t show weakness, men were responsible for looking after their wife and children and for providing for them. Men didn’t talk about their worries and concerns, and they certainly didn’t cry!
Well today it’s different. Sometimes it can all get a bit too much. It’s important to realize that it is OK to feel a little bit overwhelmed sometimes. But if that feeling is taking over or if that knot in your stomach won’t go away, if the feeling of dread or just being low for no reason is persisting, - talk to somebody – ideally face to face. Most colleges have excellent student support facilities, use them. Or contact one of the many other support groups that are available. Don’t let that feeling drag you down.
Two things I know from my own experience is that I can’t do everything myself, and that things don’t often stay the same for very long, so look for help, if and when you need it. I promise that it won’t be long before your back on track!
Some Contact Details in case you, or somebody you know, ever need them.
Samaritans in Ireland. Whatever you're going through, call us free any time, from any phone on 116 123. We're here round the clock, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. If you need a response immediately, it's best to call us on the phone. This number is FREE to call. You don't have to be suicidal to call us.
The Aware Support Line 1800 80 48 48 - Available Monday – Sunday, 10am to 10pm.
You can contact Pieta House at any hour of the day by phoning Freecall 1800 247 247. Or if you can simply text HELP to 51444. Or contact Pieta House at the following centres for the prevention of self-harm and suicide.