Ask Sam

Something on your mind? Or need some support?

Anyone can write in with their problem. I respond to a few letters each week. You can also read my advice to people who have similar problems to you.

Ask me a question

You can ask me about anything you want, there's nothing too big or small. I read every single letter but I can only answer a few each week. My replies are published here on my page.

Write me a letter

What you need to know:

  • Sam reads every letter, but can only respond to a few each week
  • Sam's replies are public, never private, so others can read them
  • Sam will remove personal info from your letter to keep it anonymous
  • if yours is chosen, you'll see it under one of the topics below
  • if you need support now or want to talk privately, contact a Childline counsellor.

latest letters

My dad

can my dad make me quit my job? im 16 and work 2 jobs

legal dating advice

Hi I'm 17 and nearly 18 but I'm talking to a 13 nearly 14 year old. we both like each other and have both agreed on n...

Fear of being touched

Dear Sam, Whenever someone touches me I jump away, flinch, (one time) I just started shaking and/or freeze tensely. I...

No space at home

Dear Sam, I would like to ask you about how to fix the relationship in my house with my parents. Lately they have bee...

Social Media drama

Hi, my friends keep falling out with each other on Snapchat. Do you have any advice about not getting drawn into the ...

confidentiality promise

If someone told a counsellor about suicidal thoughts, would they have to tell someone. Even if there just thoughts or...

Message from Sam

You can write to me about anything you want and I read every single message sent. I can only reply to a few each week and I always do this in public on my page. I’m sorry if I don’t answer your letter but it’s likely there are others just like it that I have answered before. If you want a definite response or need support then talking to a Childline counsellor is the best way to do that.

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confidentiality promise

If someone told a counsellor about suicidal thoughts, would they have to tell someone. Even if there just thoughts or...


I want to talk to ChildLine, but im concious that it might break your confidentiality promise and my family is stress...


I recently found out about Childline's SignVideo, and I have a question. Does your counsellor see you, or just the in...

Ask Sam?

Hello, I am writing this letter because I would like to know more about Ask Sam, and I think others might, too. Are y...

First Call to Childline

Dear Sam, What's it like to call Childline for the first time? I really want to call, and have come close sometimes, ...

Counsellor's Notes

Hi Sam. I was just curious to know, when you ask a counsellor to read your notes, what exactly are they looking at? I...


if someone says they dont want to live anymore do you have to tell someone. and how would you get the infomation

Phone numbers

Hi sam, If i call childline do they remember my phone number in any way? Do they have some kind of log of phone numbe...

childline outside the UK

is there any possibility to talk to childline from outside of the uk? I feel more comfortable to talk about it in eng...

These letters are unhelpful

Hi, I have read your reply to my letter and other people's letters. All I have to say is that you are unhelpful all y...

After Turning 19

Hi I am wondering about how much of childlines services will still be available to me after I turn 19. I have been us...

Contacting Childline

Hi Sam, I am not in need of contacting Childline but wondered if you could answer my question in case I ever have to ...