- I need help and am under 18 years old
I need help and am under 18 years old
Talk with someone your 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. Ask if they would like to help you to talk with an adult, with the Kindertelefoon (Kids Help Line) or with 113Online (if you're thinking about suicide a lot).
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. Starting to talk can be hard, but you'll see that most adults will take time to listen to you and take you seriously. They've been young, too, and they may recognise some aspects of your story. For example, you could start with a question: "Gran, have you ever...?"
Chat or call the Kindertelefoon (Kids Help Line)
If you're not doing well, 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're thinking about suicide)
It's not easy to talk about your thoughts or feelings about committing suicide. You may think someone will judge you for them, that someone may feel frightened, or may act like it's not a serious problem. The people at 113Online let you speak freely and take you seriously. 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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