Hi, I'm Hannah and I'm a counsellor for ChildLine. I'm here to answer any questions you have today.
What is the most common thing people ring in about?
Hi, We get more calls about bullying than anything else. The other things that people talk a lot about are family relationship problems -but you can talk to ChildLine about anything that's worrying you, nothing is too big or too small. You can call us 24/7 on 0800 1111 or go online to www.childline.org.uk to check out other ways you can get in touch, Thanks!
im being bullied by sum girls who think theyre tough. i know its there problema dn i ignore them but i would still lik to make them stop and just go away. dont want to tell a teacher in case i get called a sneak
hi Stikki, Thanks for your question. I'm really sorry to hear that you are getting bullied. It sounds like you have a really good attitude though - you are totally right, it's their problem not yours. it can be really difficult to find a way to make bullying stop, but telling someone is often the answer. Is there a way you can tell anonymously at school? Some schools have bully boxes or a way of telling peer supporters without anyone else finding out. There's loads of good advice on the ChildLine website (www.childline.org.uk), so that might be a good place to start and you can aways get in touch with us in confidence by calling 0800 1111. I hope that helps - good luck!
I am really bored of life, is that normal?
Hi, Thanks for your question. Everyone feels bored of life from time to time, but there is a big difference between just feeling a bit fed up and feeling really depressed about things. If you think you might be depressed, the Young Minds website has some really useful info - or you could speak to your doctor or school nurse. You can always get in touch with Childline 24/7 confidentially by phone or online and talk to us, whatever your worry. Hope that helps
I think my frirnd friend is being beaten up at home. What should I do?
Hi Alice09, Thanks loads for getting in touch. Your friend is really lucky to have someone like you who is so concerned about her. If you decided to tell someone like a teacher about your worries about your friend, then they might have to tell someone like a Social Worker, so that is something you could consider. You could tell your friend about ChildLine - she could call or contact us and it would be confidential and one of our counsellors could talk through what's happening with her. It can be really tough to support a friend with a big problem, so please feel free to talk to ChildLine too about your worries All the best
Will you tell my mum, my mum said if I call you, you will get the social services on us..is that true doe?
Hi, Thanks for your question. ChildLine is a confidential service. That means that we don't tell anyone else what you tell us, unless you want us to or unless your life or someone else's life is in danger. We would always try to tell you if we weren't going to keep things confidential. Hope that helps. You can get in touch with us by calling 0800 1111 or online at childline.org.uk
my sister hits me, my mum says its just sisterly banter but i feel so upset about it and i get laughed at by my family
Hi Hannah, I'm really sorry to hear you are having some problems at home. Sometimes other people see things as funny but they can really hurt our feelings and that can be hard to deal with. Do you think you can tell anyone in your family how you are really feeling? Maybe even tell your sister how it upsets you. If you don't feel like you can do this you can always talk to childline about what's happening and how you are feeling.
What different things do you help teenagers with?
Hi laura_jane, Young people can contact ChildLine about absolutely anything at all that's bothering them. As you can imagine, that covers a pretty wide range!
What advice would you give to someone being bullied?
Hi Laura_jane,. We would always encourage anyone who's being bullied to talk to someone they trust, a friend or an adult or a counsellor at ChildLine. There is a lot of advice about bullying on our website www.childline.org.uk and you could have a look at our messageboard too and see what other children and young people are saying, Thanks
All my friends have boyfriends apart from me, and all the guys i meet just do not want me as their girlfriends am i normal?
Hi, Thanks for your question. It sounds like you are worried about being different to your friends and that can be really tough. Not having a boyfriend is nothing to worry about and isn't something you should feel pressured into. It sounds like you have a lot of friends, which is great. Your friends shouldn't think any less of you for not being in a relationship. I really hope that helps, but if you want to talk about how you are feeling and what's happening for you, please get in touch with ChildLine.
hi, erm a few years ago i did something really stupid every one has found out and i dont know what to do or say to them?
Hi, It sounds like you are not sure what to do now that everyone has found out about what happened. At ChildLine we never judge anyone or laugh at anything that people tell us and we keep everything confidential unless someone's life is in danger. You don't even have to use your real name when you talk to us, so perhaps you could talk it through with one of our counsellors on the phone or online?
and im being bullied my sister is doing it to me, she calls me big nose
Hi lala, I'm really sorry to hear that your sister is bullying you and calling you names. Sometimes family life can be hard and brothers and sisters don't always get on. If it's making you feel sad then it's really important for you to talk to someone you trust, whether its a friend or another family member. How would it be if you told your sister how it's making you feel? Sometimes people don't realise how much they are hurting someone's feelings. You can always talk to ChildLine about anything that's bothering you, hope that helps.
Hi everyone, Thanks for all your questions. Sometimes you can sort out a problem on your own but if you have a worry you can't cope with, don't bottle it up. It can really help if you talk to someone in your family, a carer, one of your friends or maybe a teacher and you can contact ChildLine at any time. You can now get in touch with a counsellor in four different ways. You can phone ChildLine on 0800 1111, or go onto www.childline.org.uk and send us an email, have a 1-2-1 chat or send a message to Ask Sam. You can also post messages to the ChildLine message board and see what other children and young people have to say. Remember, whatever your worry, it's better out than in. Look out for another webchat with a ChildLine counsellor soon!