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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.

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You can ask me about anything you want, there's nothing too big or small. I would be especially interested in hearing more about how coronavirus might have affected you at home and at school. 

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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

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, ...

Seeing a GP

Hi Sam, I would like to see a GP about getting help for my mental health. Its been declining rapidly for a couple yea...

AS internal exam results

due to the pandemic i couldnt do my AS exam and i am stressed that i will have restart year 12 again oicking my resul...

Face masks and sensory issues.

we have to wear masks in school now because or coronavirus. i have sensory processing disorder so the feeling of the ...

STARTING SECONDARY

Dear sam i have just left y6 and i am finding it very hard to cope with the fact that i couldnt see my friends and i ...

my cousin

Hi sam, ​ yesterday I was with a group of my cousins and we were playing hide-and-Seek inside. One of my guy cousins ...

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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Scared to go back to school

hi sam im really scared to go back school, things are going to be really different and i dont cope with change very w...

How to get help

Dear Sam, I know you probably get a lot of letters like this, but I want to know how to get help. I know I need help....

Feeling Guilt about past racism

​ With everything going on in the world I find myself really passionate to show my support of the BLM movement. I wan...

I wish I was pretty

hi sam, recently ive been fealing really upset and like i dont want to do the stuff i used to live to do. but im just...

Trying to stay positive.

To whoever is reading this i hope you are well. i just wanted to ask that around 2 years ago i found myself at a real...

Online counselling

Hi, I am due to have an appointment with CAMHS soon, but in light of the coronavirus it can't go ahead as planned. I ...

stress about losing bank card

hi sam idk if i can ask for advice about this but ive noticed ive lost my bank card and im too scared to tell my mam ...

My dad passing away

hey im 15 in really struggling at the moment with my dads passing every night i seem to sot down and cry and i cant t...

i have a question

is threatening classed as abuse, ect “ill kick your head in” “ill fuxk you up” “ill batter you” im just wondering i c...

I have no idea how to come out

please help me i have no idea how to come out as bi to my parents and despite knowing that they support gay rights im...

Feeling sad during lockdown

Dear Sam, I was told I had severe anxiety in January, and I was starting to get better before the lockdown started. I...

Coronavirus outbreak

Hi Sam, I'm not sure if this is really silly or not, but I'm really worried about the Coronavirus outbreak and I can'...

Coronavirus and mental health

Dear Sam, I am worried about the coronavirus. I am currently self isolating as my dad has a cough and I have only don...

Failure

Hi Sam, i am just really worried about my exams. I feel really under pressure to do well especially by my parents whi...

disturbing image

hi sam. this is really hard for me to talk about. but earlier online i saw a really horrible, sad and scarring image....

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...