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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.

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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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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 it ok to vape?

Hi Sam, I am 14 (going into year 10) and recently vaping has become a big trend with loads of people doing it (includ...

Terrified of climate change

hi sam, i don't know if this sounds stupid but i'm genuinely terrified of climate change. i love animals and they are...

Fear of being touched

Dear Sam, Whenever someone touches me I jump away, flinch, (one time) I just started shaking and/or freeze tensely. I...

Checking the time

Dear Sam, I can never sleep at night and i worry about the time so I check it often. I have to do it on my phone thou...

In a rut

Dear Sam, Ive not felt so good since the start of year 10 (now in Year 11). I’m not exactly sure what started it off ...

Can’t sleep

Hello sam, Ever since I went back to school, I find it very hard to sleep. The first day I only got to sleep at 3 am ...

Having an operation

I am being put to sleep to have an operation and im really scared, can you help me please

Online counselling

Hi, I am due to have an appointment with CAMHS soon, but in light of the coronavirus it can't go ahead as planned. I ...

stress about losing bank card

hi sam idk if i can ask for advice about this but ive noticed ive lost my bank card and im too scared to tell my mam ...

Failure

Hi Sam, i am just really worried about my exams. I feel really under pressure to do well especially by my parents whi...

disturbing image

hi sam. this is really hard for me to talk about. but earlier online i saw a really horrible, sad and scarring image....

Anxiety please help

Hi Sam, I think I might have anxiety but I don't know how I can ask for help. I'm scared of feeling embarrassed by te...

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

Hi Sam... ​ So recently I’ve been really struggling with my OCD. I’ve been washing my hands about 20 times everytime ...

Buying alcohol

Hi Sam, I am 18, but when i was 17 i tried to buy a bottle of wine for my gran's birthday, in the local shop. I didn'...

Hypochondria and health anxiety

hi sam, ​ and i’m 16 years old. recently over the past fee months i’ve developed death anxiety, starting with fears o...

Calling childline twice

hello i recently called childline for the first time and it was great and i felt safe to talk but because i was nervo...

not allowed a phone at 12!!!

Hi Sam, So my foster carer doesn't want me to have a phone. and then a phew months ago she bought me a brick and she ...

Munchausen

dear sam firstly, please don't judge me on what i am about to say. i am a bit worried that i might have slight muncha...

Nightmares

Hi Sam, I haven’t been diagnosed with anything but I’ve had mental health problems for ages and have seen therapists....