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You Asked:

Someone has been telling me to go kill myself for weeks. I'm not that bothered as i am used to it now but she says vile things to me
and she still carries on.

Our Advice:

Hi - Firstly, it's not ok to be subjected to this type of behaviour, even if you do say you are not bothered by it.

You do not say whether this is happening at school or elsewhere but the most important thing is for you to speak to an adult you trust about what is going on as they should be able to help make this stop and you should never suffer alone. This might be a parent/carer or an adult at school.

It would be helpful to keep any evidence of what is happening. If it is online then you can save any messages or screenshots, if it is
verbal then you might want to keep a diary of what was said - where, when and who was involved (including any witnesses).

If you are finding it hard to talk to someone that you know, there are other people that you can contact…..

If you live in Leicestershire you can speak to your school nurse by texting them through ChatHealth.

ChatHealth working hours are Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 4:00pm ChatHealth Leicestershire t: 07520 615387. You might find
some of the information on their website helpful:https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/relationships/friendships/friendship/

Childline provides free confidential advice and support for all young people up to 19 years old. Whatever your worry, Childline
counsellors are there to help. So you could speak to them by phone, online or email 24 hours a day.www.childline.org.uk
Freephone 0800 1111

You Asked:

My best friend was hurting me and I tried to forget about it and I told a staff member of my school but now my other best friend tried
to bite me the other day and I don't know what to do.

Our Advice:

Hi – it's not ok for anyone to hurt you, emotionally or physically, so it's ok to feel upset. You might feel that you can talk to your friend
about how they have made you feel & let them know that you don't want them to treat you this way. But this might be something that you need some help with and if you think your friend might react badly then it would be best to have someone with you so that you
both feel supported. Talk to an adult that you trust, a parent/carer or member of staff at school. Perhaps your school has a peer support
scheme, whereby you could talk to someone around your own age who will be able to listen and help.

If you are finding it hard to talk to someone that you know, there are other people that you can contact…..

If you live in Leicestershire you can speak to your school nurse about friendship problems by texting them through ChatHealth.

ChatHealth working hours are Monday to Friday from 09:00am to 4:00pm ChatHealth Leicestershire t: 07520 615387. You might find
some of the information on their website helpful: https://www.healthforteens.co.uk/relationships/friendships/friendship/

Childline provides free confidential advice and support for all young people up to 19 years old. Whatever your worry, Childline counsellors are there to help. So you could speak to them by phone, online or email 24 hours a day. www.childline.org.uk Freephone 0800 1111

You Asked:

One of my friends has told me that a group of girls at school have been saying nasty things about me on Facebook. They sent me some hurtful messages and then defriended me so that I can't see what they have been saying. They now giggle & whisper when I'm
near them at school. I'm finding it really upsetting & don't know what to do. I can't tell my parents as they won't understand and will
take my mobile phone away.

Our Advice:

It sounds like this is getting you down but don't worry – there are things that you can do.
If you can't talk to your parents then talk to another trusted adult who will be able to help (perhaps a member of staff at school). They might also be able to help you to tell your parents how you are feeling.
Save the evidence by taking a screen shot of the messages – you can share these with the person that is helping you so that they can
investigate the situation.
Make sure that your settings are 'private' so that you are protecting yourself online.
Don't respond or retaliate to messages – this is very tempting but it won't help to get things sorted.
Being unkind to somebody on the internet or through technology is cyberbullying. You will find more information and advice here:
cyberbullying and here http://www.bullying.co.uk/cyberbullying/what-to-do-if-you-re-being-bullied-on-a-social-network/
Your school will have an anti-bullying policy that outlines how bullying will be dealt with and what support will be provided. You should find this on your school website and lots of schools have a student friendly version. You might want to take a look at this so you know what help you can expect.

If you have a peer support scheme at your school you might find it easier to talk to a peer mentor as a first step.

You Asked:

People at school keep calling me 'gay' and a 'homo'. I think it's because I don't like football and I'm not very good at sport. It's really
getting me down and I've started to dread going to school. I'm worried about telling in case it makes it worse. I don't know what to do.

Our Advice:

Firstly, it's ok not to like sport & you don't deserve to be picked on – so just remember this isn't your fault. It's
important to follow your own interests and be able to be yourself.

Any type of bullying is not acceptable & it's important to tell a trusted adult (parent/carer, school staff) so that they can help. It is
important to get support and school staff can't help if they don't know how you feel – so telling is an essential first step.

What you have described is homophobic bullying. Anyone can be a target regardless of their sexual orientation, you don't have to
identify as gay or lesbian. You will find more information here: homophobic bullying

Your school will have an anti-bullying policy that outlines how bullying will be dealt with and what support will be provided. You should find this on your school website and lots of schools have a student friendly version. You might want to take a look at this so you know what help you can expect.

Meanwhile, make a note of what has happened (who, what, where, when) so that you can share this information with the person that you are asking for help.

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