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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.

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  • 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 counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

latest letters

Making friends

Hey Sam! I'm a year 7 (12) girl who's just started secondary school. Nobody from my primary school goes to my new sch...

I have cancer

hi sam, 1 month ago I got dioagnosed with cancer and last night I started chemotherapy. I have to stay at hospital th...

Can’t speak

hi sam im really worried because sometimes i just cant speak. it feels like the words are stuck and i feel like there...

Anxiety please help

Hi Sam, I think I might have anxiety but I don't know how I can ask for help. I'm scared of feeling embarrassed by te...

Bed wetting

hi sam, i am 13 and ihave been wetting the bed sincd i was 8 and i went to the doctors about it and they found nothin...

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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Anxiety please help

Hi Sam, I think I might have anxiety but I don't know how I can ask for help. I'm scared of feeling embarrassed by te...

Relapse

hey sam, so i have self harmed for 2 years but i stopped 7 months ago. however ive been having really bad urges to re...

scared to sleep

im too scared to sleep. every night when i go to sleep i get rlly upset and my breathing stops and i get a headache s...

Chronic illness

Hi Sam, I feel so out of contol. After being unwell for years i have finally got a diagnosis of SLE (Lupus). It's a r...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hi Sam... ​ So recently I’ve been really struggling with my OCD. I’ve been washing my hands about 20 times everytime ...

Buying alcohol

Hi Sam, I am 18, but when i was 17 i tried to buy a bottle of wine for my gran's birthday, in the local shop. I didn'...

My uncle's suicide

Hi, ​ last week my uncle killed himself. he had struggled from mental health issues for a while and had attempted sui...

Gender confusion and binding

so im confused about gender at the moment and i bind with 2 sports bras. it helps me feel more comfortable with my bo...

Let down by the NHS

I was wondering what advice you could give to someone who has asked for help at their GP and hasn’t received any word...

how do i stop overthinking

recently i have been overthinking almost everything and i dont want to and i cant stop myself. i have tried to talk t...

CAMHS transition

Hi Sam I have recently turned 18 and in my last yr of school. I was reffered to Camhs when I was 17 and they didnt do...

letter to uncle in jail

hi my grandma wants me to write my uncle a letter and he is is jail but i never really had a bond or relationship wit...

Coming out to religious friend

I am a gay female (I prefer the term gay over lesbian even though I'm female) and I am not really out to anyone. I wa...

Hypochondria and health anxiety

hi sam, ​ and i’m 16 years old. recently over the past fee months i’ve developed death anxiety, starting with fears o...

Calling childline twice

hello i recently called childline for the first time and it was great and i felt safe to talk but because i was nervo...

1 to 1 counselling

Hi Sam, I think I might need 1 to 1 counselling, but I’m a bit scared to get it, I don’t know why. Anyway, I have a f...

Climate change

dear Sam, I know this sounds really stupid but i’m really struggling right now with my mental health linked to climat...

Grieving

i lost my mum when i was 8. it was a hit and run accident. i saw my mum die. birthday and key events are coming up an...

After abortion thoughts

I am 17 years old and was 10 weeks pregnant. One of the main reasons why I thought abortion was the best option was b...