This gave me the confidence to try 1:1 messaging with a counsellor on the Childline website. I went into the queue and waited, but then when I got to the end of queue I pulled out several times because I was scared. I was very nervous. When I finally had to courage to go through with it, I began talking on the chat about the problems at home. I didn’t know where to start, but they helped me focus on one thing at a time.
"It look a long time, but being listened to gave me confidence to make friends, and now I do talk to some friends about problems."
This confidence also helped me learn to deal with the bullies better. When things were bad, it helped me stop the self harm and feel better about myself. I would go onto the Childline website, sometimes to take my mind off the urge to self harm. I felt so much better afterwards because Childline was really listening to me.
One of the best things about Childline is that I knew it was always there when I felt low, when I didn’t have anywhere else to turn to. Now I feel like I have a voice."