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:( Hello. Ive not been feeling myself latley.. i keep myelf to myself want to sleep all the time lock myself away.

I used to love school, family, friend, now it don’t bother me.

i hate feeling this way i know things have gone on in the past but i thought i was past that. i really need help.

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Hi there,

I am glad you’ve got in touch and that you want to talk about how things are. It sounds like you're not feeling yourself lately and the changes you mention worry you. I want to support you as best I can and help you think about what support you want.

Changes in mood and how you see things around you can happen for a number of different reasons. Chemical changes that happen in your body as you grow can can affect your mood and how you feel, but there can be many other reasons.

One of the biggest reasons that people's moods change is from stress and things happening in their lives. I know that it’s not easy to get rid of the things in your life that make you feel stressed and that getting over things in the past can be really hard.

What you can do is try and manage the stress you are feeling by either - keeping busy, writing feelings down or by talking to someone. Sometimes doing simple things can help raise your mood, things like improving diet by eating more fruit and veg and drinking lots of water. Doing exercise can also help, when we exercise our bodies release chemicals called endorphins, these natural chemicals may help you feel better about yourself.

If things in the past are still upsetting you, it can be important to talk about those feelings with someone you trust.

If you want to talk to someone or just to get a bit of support you can always get in touch a ChildLine counsellor. They are there to support all young people who get in touch with ChildLine. If you did want to talk to a counsellor there are different ways you can do this, you can send an email or have a 1-2-1 chat, or you can call on 0800 1111, free and without it showing up on any bills.

Take care,


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