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Sam, I need help! I'm a 16 year old girl hearing voices in my head & they are telling me to kill myself..I'm that close to listening to it, it's slowly killing me! I can't open up to anyone about anything! my worker gave me this site a couple months back & told me to try it! I need help:'( please help me!!
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Thank you for your letter, I’m so glad you decided to write in to get some support.

I’m concerned to hear how hard you are finding it to ignore the voices when they tell you to kill yourself. It sounds like the voices feel incredibly difficult to cope with right now and I can hear that you really want some help.

Firstly, I want to let you know that a lot of young people have contacted us to talk about hearing or seeing things that other people may not be able to. When this starts happening, it can feel very frightening and it can make you feel confused about what’s going on.

You’ve said you can’t open up to anyone, but it also sounds like this is too big to try and cope with on your own. I wondered what stops you from feeling able to talk to someone. It sounds like your “worker” might know about how you’re feeling, but you haven’t told me if they are helping you with managing your voices. Often people who hear voices might not want to tell anyone, as they might be scared of being judged or not being believed. What you’re going through should be taken seriously and you deserve to have support with this.

There is professional help available for young people experiencing voices. Your doctor should be able to look into getting this type of help for you. If you do already have some professional support, but it doesn’t feel like it’s helping, it’s important to let people know that’s how you feel. There’s some really good advice on the Young Minds website about what to do if you are unhappy with your treatment for mental health problems.

Another place you might find helpful is a website called Voice Collective. They offer support to young people who hear voices, or see or sense things other people can't. The red “need help” tab at the top of their website helps you find ways to cope when you feel overwhelmed.

If you ever plan to act on suicidal thoughts or plan to harm yourself in any way, it’s important to let someone know. One option is to call 999 for the emergency services if you need urgent help. You can also talk to a ChildLine counsellor at any time. You can call ChildLine for free on 0800 1111. You could talk with them about how you’re feeling and ways you can keep yourself safe.

Thank you again for your letter, I hope this has been helpful and that you get the support you deserve.

Take care


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