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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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  • 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 counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

latest letters

Fear of being sick

Hi Sam, ​I've had this phobia for 3 years now, and I don't know what to do. I can't stand anyone throwing up or me th...

What do I say if I call?

hi sam, so ive really been considering calling childline over my issues so i can talk one to one and get help, but im...

Gap year / university

hi there, ​ nothing big but i was wondering what happens once im 18 with decision making. i want to go on a gap year ...

Message from Sam

Self-harm is something I get a lot of letters about. Some people do it to cope, others might feel addicted to it. If anyone has questions about self-harm, or supporting someone else who is self-harming, then I'd be interested in hearing about it over the next couple of weeks.

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Fear of being sick

Hi Sam, ​I've had this phobia for 3 years now, and I don't know what to do. I can't stand anyone throwing up or me th...

Extreme fear of haircuts

Hi Sam, I am 17 and I am ashamed to say that I have a severe fear if getting haircuts, to the point I haven’t had one...

Work experience and the phone

Hello, ​ I have work experience coming and am hoping to become a vet. I have anxiety, especislly when it comes to tal...

I don't know anymore

I think I have anxiety. My mum thinks I'm telling her this for attention but I'm not. No one understands how I feel a...


I am 12 and I have a HUGE phobia of needles. In fact I've never had one since I was a baby, and I am really scared. I...

Health Anxiety

Every night, and sometimes during the day, I get really stressed about my health. Whenever I eat sweets I feel like I...

Christmas stress

I get really stressed at out Christmas time and sometimes it's too much. I get stressed about everything and then I e...

School and anxiety!!

My maths teacher has a teaching mechanism of students going up to the board and showing the class their answer and ho...

feeling fear

some thing is really bothering me lately, i feel lack of confidence and a lot of pain in heart because i am stressed ...

Do I have social anxiety?

Hi Sam, please help me I feel like I'm the only teenager that feels like this. I'm a 15 year old girl and I think I h...

phobia of the dentist

Hey Sam:) how are ya? I'm a 15 year old girl and ever since I can remember I've had a really bad phobia of the dentist.

Stress stops me from sleeping

I can't sleep properly at night. I just keep on thinking about things that could happen to me for all different reasons.

social anxiety

hi, for 3 years i have been anti-social but my parents think its because im lazy but I cant go near a stranger withou...

Scared Of Getting Lost

I'm nearly 13 years old and I think this is really stupid, but when I went on holidays I was so scared incase I got l...


I have read through a few sites ect... About anxiety, mainly because I constantly feel worried about minor little thi...