Bugbears: Advice Helplines
Whatever your worry, it's always better to talk about it.
It always helps to talk to someone when you are upset or worried. You could talk to a family member, a friend, or a teacher.
If there isn't anyone you feel you can speak to, you may want to check out the helplines below - it might surprise you how much better it feels when you share a problem.
If you need advice or just want to talk, call this helpline: 0800 1111 (calls are confidential and free)
Someone from Childline will help you with any problem if you are feeling sad or worried, or if you just need someone to talk to.
Visit their website to find out more: www.childline.org.uk
Young Minds helps children and young people to cope with difficult feelings - the website has lots of useful information and you can also call them on: 020 7336 8445 (local rates)
Shelter is for anyone who needs help and advice about finding somewhere to live, or who is homeless.
Call them on this helpline: 0808 800 4444 (calls are free)
Visit their website to find out more: www.shelter.org.uk
The Samaritans provides confidential support for anyone feeling low or in distress.
Call them 24 hours a day on their Helpline: 08457 909090 (local rates)
Visit their website to find out more: www.samaritans.org
If you're worried about a child's safety or welfare or if you need help or advice, call this helpline: 0808 800 5000 (calls are confidential and free)
This NSPCC number is for anyone who's at risk or is worried about any other children who are at risk.
Visit their website to find out more: http://www.nspcc.org.uk
Bullying, at school or outside school, is always wrong, no matter what. Here are the Anti Bullying Alliance’s top 10 tips about what to do if you are experiencing bullying:
1 Keep calm and walk away and don’t react
2 Don't get into a fight or an argument
3 Don't accept that bullying is normal - it isn't!
4 Talk to your friends and ask them to help you
5 Talk to a trusted adult/peer supporter to get help and support
6 Hang out with different people and avoid the bullies
7 Don't reply to bullying emails or texts
8 Do keep bullying emails or texts as proof
9 Keep a note of times/dates of incidents and who bullied you
10 Contact the police, with your trusted adult, if you feel in danger
To find out more about the Anti-Bullying Alliance visit the website: www.anti-bullyingalliance.org.uk
For more information about cyberbullying you can contact Childline or take a look at the CEOP website: www.ceop.gov.uk/
If you think that someone you know drinks too much alcohol and are concerned about it, try to talk to a trusted adult about your worries.
If there is no one you feel you can speak to it may help to call one of these free helplines:
Childline: 0800 1111 (calls are confidential and free)
Nacoa (National Association for Children of Alcoholics): 0800 358 3456 (calls are free)
You may also find useful information on the following websites:
Coap (Children of Addicted Parents and People): www.coap.co.uk