13 year old female
I have had horrible thoughts about suicide and I even self harmed. I isolated myself from everyone because I thought no one would understand all my life. I went through this in silence, putting on a mask so no one would know. When I turned 13 I decide to maybe tell someone but teachers and friends were out of the question, so I turned to Kids Helpline. I called on a regular basis and still do.
At first I had trouble talking about what was going on and talked to lots of different counsellors, but after a while I found a counsellor that I felt confident talking to. She really helped me talk things through and she told me maybe I should tell someone like a teacher or a school counsellor. At first I was so scared that if I told them my parents would find out. But I built up my courage and actually told a teacher and a few friends.
My parents were not informed and thanks to the Kids Helpline I have been able to enjoy life for first time in years.
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