It can be really helpful to speak with someone who cares about you, right in that overwhelming, difficult moment. It helps you to remember that you are not alone. And it gives you a chance to express your feelings safely and before they grow bigger. So let’s Get ready to talk! Here are our top three tips to help you get started.
# 1 – WHO to talk to?
Can you think of a friend, parent, youth leader, or another adult you trust to listen to how you are feeling? It might be someone you can talk to in your house, or someone you can phone or face time. If it is hard to think of this person, why don’t you start with God? Ask Him to show you a good person to talk to.
If you can’t talk to a friend or trusted adult, You can phone Childline and chat about anything that is worrying you. (Details below).
# 2 – PLAN what you want to say
Sometimes it helps to think about what you want to tell someone. You could write it down or draw what you want to say. Bring this with you or have it beside you when you talk to them on the phone. It will help you say it out loud. And if it is too hard to say the words, you can just give the person what you have written and they will still hear you.
# 3 – You’ve said it, WHAT NEXT?
When you speak to someone you trust, we hope that they listen well to you . Sometimes people are great at listening and sometimes they aren’t. If the first person you try doesn’t listen well, don’t give up. Try someone else – you deserve to be heard.
It is always better to talk about your worries than to keep them in, so get chatting!
We in The Big House would love to pray for you during this time when we may feel SHAKEN – Click here to find out more about how we can do that for you.
You can phone Childline on 0800 1111 and chat about anything that is worrying you. Lots of young people phone Childline everyday to chat. You can also chat online with Childline. Go to www.childline.org.uk/get-support and click on 1-2-1 chat.