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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 would be especially interested in hearing more about how coronavirus might have affected you at home and at school. 

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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

whats ok and no okay

hi sam, my cousin likes to touch my privates, and I don't want them to but I can't tell anyone cause they won't belie...

My Friend Is Homeless

Hi Sam I am 16(male) and i have a friend who has been in my life since i can remeber 16(female). After years of Quarr...

Going back to School :(

Hi, Before lockdown i was not getting on very well with school, people and i hated myself and how i am. In lockdown i...

Used to be a bully

Hi, I used to be a bully. At the time I didn't think of it as bullying. I was angry and I took it out on others who I...

Shaving

I am a 14 male and I have a lot of facial hair. I started shaving about a year ago. My parents don’t know that I star...

Condoms for 14 year olds

hi sam me (aged 14) and my girlfriend (also aged 14) believe we are ready to have safe sex. we have tried oral many t...

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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Scared to go back to school

hi sam im really scared to go back school, things are going to be really different and i dont cope with change very w...

Feeling Guilt about past racism

​ With everything going on in the world I find myself really passionate to show my support of the BLM movement. I wan...

i have a question

is threatening classed as abuse, ect “ill kick your head in” “ill fuxk you up” “ill batter you” im just wondering i c...

Feeling sad during lockdown

Dear Sam, I was told I had severe anxiety in January, and I was starting to get better before the lockdown started. I...

Coronavirus outbreak

Hi Sam, I'm not sure if this is really silly or not, but I'm really worried about the Coronavirus outbreak and I can'...

scared to sleep

im too scared to sleep. every night when i go to sleep i get rlly upset and my breathing stops and i get a headache s...

Chronic illness

Hi Sam, I feel so out of contol. After being unwell for years i have finally got a diagnosis of SLE (Lupus). It's a r...

My uncle's suicide

Hi, ​ last week my uncle killed himself. he had struggled from mental health issues for a while and had attempted sui...

how do i stop overthinking

recently i have been overthinking almost everything and i dont want to and i cant stop myself. i have tried to talk t...

letter to uncle in jail

hi my grandma wants me to write my uncle a letter and he is is jail but i never really had a bond or relationship wit...

1 to 1 counselling

Hi Sam, I think I might need 1 to 1 counselling, but I’m a bit scared to get it, I don’t know why. Anyway, I have a f...

Grieving

i lost my mum when i was 8. it was a hit and run accident. i saw my mum die. birthday and key events are coming up an...

After abortion thoughts

I am 17 years old and was 10 weeks pregnant. One of the main reasons why I thought abortion was the best option was b...

Stress about organ donation

dear sam, recently the NHS announced the new opt out policy for organ donation. as a teenager i have always seem deat...

helping my friends affects me

about a year or two a go I felt extremely depressed and wracked with guilt about certain events that took place in my...

Not feeling right...

Recently I have not been myself, in failing at school, I hate being at home and my friendships keep falling apart, I ...

Fitting in

Hi i am a 11 year old girl and i do not fit in ANYWHERE. I guess i am a bit weird i always wear black and sometimes i...