- I am concerned about someone and am under 18 years old
I am concerned about someone and am under 18 years old
Talk with someone you own age
If you, for whatever reason, can't or won't talk with an adult about it, you can start by talking with someone your own age: a friend, neighbour or classmate. Someone you trust, whom you feel most at ease with. Once you've made the first step, you'll probably sense that it feels good to share your concerns. Maybe this person can help you to talk with an adult.
Talk with an adult
It can be comforting to seek help from an adult. You can talk to your parents, grandparents or share your feelings with a neighbour. Or tell a teacher at school. If you think you could benefit from extra support, adults often know where to get it. Or they can find out for you.
Talk with the person you worry about
Maybe you're insecure about talking with someone who has problems... Because you don't know how to respond. Or because you don't know what to do. That's normal. You're being helpful by just giving him or her the feeling that they're not alone and that you're here to listen. For example, you could say: I don't know exactly what's going on, but if you want to talk about it, I am willing to listen. Or you can tell him or her that you're open to hear their story. When someone tells you about their problems, it's important that you can talk together in a place that is quiet, where others won't distrub you. Let the other person know you want to help. You could ask what they need, or what you could do for him or her. And don't leave it between just the two of you, also talk with an adult.
Chat or call the Kindertelefoon (Kids Help Line)
Don't keep it to yourself. There are people that can help you. The people at the Kindertelefoon, for example. It's anonymous and you can ask for advice, or just share your story. The website has a forum if you'd like to talk about it with someone your own age, a chat room and a phone nummer you can call. The Kindertelefoon is open for calls every dat from 2 - 8 pm. The chat rooms are open Monday to Friday from 11 am - 6 pm and on the weekends from 2 - 8 pm. If you're between 13 and 18 years old, then it's also possible to chat with age peers Monday to Friday from 6 - 20 pm.
Chat or call 113 online (if you suspect someone is thinking about suicide)
You can talk with the people at 113Online if you suspect someone is thinking about suicide. You can call them or chat with them to get advice. 113Online is open for calls 24/7 at 0900 0113. Crisis chat is open on Monday to Friday from 10 am until 10.30 pm and on weekends from 12 am until 10.30 pm.
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