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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 read every single letter but I can only answer a few each week. My replies are published here on my page.

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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

Vaping

hi sam. heaps of people at my school smoke and i feel pressured to vape to be in the cool gang. im scared my parents ...

social anxiety

Hi idk how to write letters im sorry, When I go to school I always try to talk to people who talk to me, but I can't ...

Is Ask Sam confidential??

Hello! (SO sorry if this questions sounds irrelevant compared to some of the challenges others are coping with.) I wa...

Teacher's leaving

Hi, After a long 5 weeks i finally began to trust a teacher of mine. We had a great time and she would help me in man...

Hoarding parents

Hi Sam, I don't know if it's hoarding or not but I'd really like to find a name for it. My parents can never clean th...

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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Missing school

My friends aren't going to be coming to my secondary school and i have been really upset. My mum also doesn't let me ...

Job related

Hi Sam . I am 12 and I want to be a environmental geologist cos I love nature. but my parents won't allow me because ...

My dad

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

Fear of getting a taxi to school

I’ve never taken a taxi on my own and now I’m supposed to. I’ve missed 3 days of school cause my anxiety wouldn’t let...

Driving

Hello Sam, i am 14 so i really shouldnt worry about this yet. Bit i am kind of concerned about me driving when i am o...

writing a book is my dream

Dear Sam, as the coronavirus brought me a lockdown, i read some of Jacqueline Wilson's books and I wrote one my own. ...

Online school

I am finding this whole “independent learning from home” thing very difficult . Our School expects us to do an hour w...

Is it OK to vape under age?

Hi, I'm just wandering if it's OK to have possession of an e-cigarette if your under 16. I have a friend who has one....

big decisions

hi Sam, This week I have been faced with a very difficult choice that could change the path im on at the moment. Ive ...

I can’t succeed

Dear Sam, This is my first time on here and I read about letters to you. I really need someone to speak to, I feel as...

mental health in school

i have mental health issues that are being helped by CAMHS but it has been leaving me very drained and unmotivated in...

Failed my GCSE's

Hey Sam, I just wanted to say that I failed my GCSE's and didn't get the grade I needed to in order to do what I want...

Moving schools

Lots of kids move schools in september is there any way to deal With the stress of it becuase going ito my new school...

Job interviews

Hi Sam im a 16 year old girl and i really want a job but im scared to do an interview. I have zero confidence and i g...

GCSEs with an Eating Disorder

hi sam, im really worried about gcses and its bringing up all my old problems which i worked really hard on getting r...

Is the UK safe?

Hi Sam, I may read the news too much but I’m constantly worried about being stabbed or attacked with acid and/or bein...

I said something racist

I called someone the N-word as a joke and now I'm in serious trouble I don't know what to do because I'm not a racist

got rejected

I went to an interview for an apprenticeship and i found out that they rejected me. What if i can never be good enoug...