Getting advice and support
It’s always okay to ask for help and advice. You might be worried about:
- fitting in, making friends and peer pressure
- pressure to succeed or doing well in your exams
- feeling homesick, isolated or alone
- being bullied or abused
- something that has happened online
- anxiety or your mental health
- self-harm and suicidal thoughts.
Whether you are worried about something that's happened, your mental health or anything else in your life, you're not alone. There is always support available.
Talk to an adult you trust. This could be a parent or carer, a relative, someone at your football club or school.
Whatever's happening, you can also talk to Childline. Call for free on 0800 1111, start a 1-2-1 chat or send a message from your Childline account. Childline is free, confidential and here 24 hours a day.
When you contact Childline you’ll get through to a counsellor who’s there to help you. They’ll ask you questions about yourself and what’s happening, and can help you to think about new ways to cope or talk to people in your life.
Everyone has the right to feel safe. Whether you’re at home, out with friends, at school or at your football club.
Nobody has the right to bully, abuse or hurt you. And it’s never okay for someone to pressure or force you to do something that hurts you or makes you feel upset or unsafe.
Understanding more about abuse and bullying can help you to recognise if it happens to you or someone else. You can get help and support from Childline any time you’re feeling worried or unsafe.
Sport and mental health
Playing sport and exercising is a great way to focus and can help your mental health. The skills you learn at the academy can help you to build a healthy routine, eat well and feel better about yourself.
There can be times when you might feel down or struggle to cope. But Childline is here to talk to you about anything, including your mental health. It can help to talk if you’re:
- struggling to cope with a change, or things are getting overwhelming
- having thoughts about hurting yourself, or you’ve felt suicidal
- feeling isolated or alone
- concerned that you might be depressed or have anxiety
- experienced something traumatic or you’re struggling with something that’s happened in the past
You’re not alone, and you can talk to Childline any time.