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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.

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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 counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

latest letters

Fear of being sick

Hi Sam, ​I've had this phobia for 3 years now, and I don't know what to do. I can't stand anyone throwing up or me th...

What do I say if I call?

hi sam, so ive really been considering calling childline over my issues so i can talk one to one and get help, but im...

Gap year / university

hi there, ​ nothing big but i was wondering what happens once im 18 with decision making. i want to go on a gap year ...

Message from Sam

Self-harm is something I get a lot of letters about. Some people do it to cope, others might feel addicted to it. If anyone has questions about self-harm, or supporting someone else who is self-harming, then I'd be interested in hearing about it over the next couple of weeks.

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What do I say if I call?

hi sam, so ive really been considering calling childline over my issues so i can talk one to one and get help, but im...

Am I being a nuisance?

Hi Sam, Recently I've been calling Childline quite a lot. Sometimes I'm not really sure why, it's just because I need...

House rules

I want to make a account but one of the rules say ''we check your images, message board posts and mood journal entrie...

Childline and my mum and dad

Hello Sam, I got in touch recently because of my anxiety. I don't want my parents to find out I get in touch because ...

Childline in school

Can i call childline when i am in school? Because i feel like if i did i might just be told to go to a teacher instead.


Hey so recently i have been speaking to a childline councellor but im really really scared im having nightmare...

How to call Childline

Hi Sam. For a lot of people, calling Childline is a very difficult task but the main part is not knowing how to start...

I Have Loads Of Problems!

Hi Sam, i have so many problems to with my life that i know i cant talk about it all in one chat. But does it matter ...

Safety on childline

Hi Sam, I was just wondering when we do a 1-2-1 chat, how do we know the person on the other side of the line is safe?

social workers

Explain what a social care worker must do if they think an individual is in danger or harm or abuse?

Should I contact childline?

Hey childline, I am writing this letter as I really want to contact childline about something but Im scared you might...

Hiding visit to ChildLine

Hi Sam, I like to look on child line because it makes me feel comfortable. Though recently it has appeared on my fa...

Do parents need to know?

I am wanting to make an account but I was wondering if I need to tell my parents that I use ChildLine. I would prefer...


Can we tell you about anything that we are proud of or do we only tell you about things that we need help with??