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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's replies are public, never private, so others can read them
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  • if you need support now or want to talk privately, contact a counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

latest letters

How to get help

Dear Sam, I know you probably get a lot of letters like this, but I want to know how to get help. I know I need help....

Could I be schizophrenic

Hi, I was wondering what is the chance of me being schizophrenic if my dad has it really bad and I already have other...

Driving

Hello Sam, i am 14 so i really shouldnt worry about this yet. Bit i am kind of concerned about me driving when i am o...

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...

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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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....

Religion

Hello Sam, I want to know about religion. How much should i believe in it? Should i dedicate my life to religion? Sho...

Sport stress

I recently had a big athletics comp and I was worried about mucking up , the day before i couldnt get it out of my he...

Anxiety at school

hi sam. i have anxiety. my guidance teacher gave me a card that i show to my teachers and they would allow me to leav...

Dad is HIV positive

I have just discovered that my dad is HIV positive - and has been for ages, but he hasn't told me. ​ I don't know if ...

My Sexuality

Hi Sam, I’m a 10 year old girl,I am bisexual and NOT proud of it, I recently discovered my sexuality not too long ago...

Panic attacks

Hi Sam, I’m 15 in year 11 and lately I’ve been having really bad panic attacks at school where I’ll have to leave the...

Health Anxiety

Hi Sam, I'm 13 and I have really bad health anxiety. I always google symptoms of everything even small harmless thing...

The Summer Holidays!

Hi Sam! I wanted to ask what I can do during the holidays to keep myself sane? The last summer holidays was hell for ...

Dog Phobia

Dear Sam, I have always been scared of dogs. I run when they are near and they chase me. I have been injured by a dog...

Climate Change

Hi sam, im genuinely concerned about climate change. i know it sounds stupid but the animals are actually dying!!! pl...