It was hard to pretend everything was ok
"My home life was always chaotic. My parents argued a lot and when I was 13 they split up and my dad moved out. My mum got really depressed and spent a lot of time in bed.
My brother and I had to look after her a lot and try to encourage her to get up and wash herself. We also had to clean the house.
I was trying to function as a normal teenager but it was hard to pretend that everything was okay and I often had outbursts at school. We were just not functioning as a family.
"One time when I was at home alone, I took an overdose. I'd heard about Childline so I called them and told them what I'd done. They rang an amulance for me and it saved my life."
I was moved to a psychiatric unit over 100 miles from home. It was strange and new and I was scared. I felt really lonely so I often called Childline for someone to talk to.
The unit wasn't secure and I ran away a couple of times. Each time I went near to a railway line and wanted to commit suicide but I would call Childline and they would calm me down and ring the unit, who would send the police to come pick me up."