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Hello I've been reading the book about Childline and thought i'd write in. I'm just wondering as the book is mainly about abuse would you think it was silly to bring up what may seem like a small problem? It's just i can't talk to anyone else and i really need to just tell someone, Thank you.
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Hello there,

Thank you for your letter. It’s great to hear that you are reading a book about ChildLine. It sounds like it’s left you wondering what sort of things you can talk to the counsellors about.

You’ve asked if it’s ok to talk about problems other than abuse. A quick answer to that is, yes! The counsellors offer a safe space for children and young people to talk about anything and everything.

Lots of young people contact ChildLine to talk about all sorts of issues. These include relationships, exam stress, moving house, bullying, peer pressure, safety online, puberty, eating problems, low self-esteem, self-harm, being in care, sexuality and friendships. Basically, anything goes! It would be impossible to list all the different topics that young people speak to the counsellors about.

You might find it helpful to have a look at the Explore pages to get more information about the variety of issues that young people might want support with. The counsellors are there for you to talk about anything, no matter how big or small it might feel. If it’s important to you, then it’s important to ChildLine. You can call the counsellors for free on 0800 11 11 or log in for a 1-2-1 chat via the website.

Take care


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