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Anyone can write in with their problem. I respond to a few letters each week. You can also read my advice to people who have similar problems to you.

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  • Sam reads every letter, but can only respond to a few each week
  • Sam's replies are public, never private, so others can read them
  • Sam will remove personal info from your letter to keep it anonymous
  • if yours is chosen, you'll see it under one of the topics below
  • if you need support now or want to talk privately, contact a counsellor for free on 0800 1111.

latest letters

Emotophobia

Hi sam, ​ Im Emily and I have a huge phobia of vomit. Next month I have a trip with my school to a different counrty....

My mum is suicidal

hi sam. i dont know where else to go for this. my father and mother have never been very close since the beginning of...

Guilt

Hi Sam i feel so guilty that i have cheated on 2 of my mock exams. The techer used papers that had the markscheme rel...

Stress and anxiety

Hi Sam it's Stephanie. I am really stressed about my exams that are coming up and I really need help but I don't feel...

Munchausen

dear sam firstly, please don't judge me on what i am about to say. i am a bit worried that i might have slight muncha...

Message from Sam

You can write to me about anything and I read every single letter, but I choose just a few to answer on my page each week. I’m sorry if I don’t answer your letter but I always try and write my response to help anyone with a similar problem, so there is probably a letter that I’ve answered before which might help. If you definitely want a response you can always talk to one of our counsellors and they will always be there.

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My mum is suicidal

hi sam. i dont know where else to go for this. my father and mother have never been very close since the beginning of...

Privacy

Hi Sam, I was wondering about my privacy/independence rights. I’m a 15 year old living in Northern Ireland and I get ...

Grounding

hi there. im a 17 year old female who currently attends college. i was wondering if it is possible to ground a 17 yea...

Personal Space

Hi Sam, Lately i've been feeling a lot more conscious of the way people touch me, whether its just a hug or someone h...

Privacy at Home

Dear Sam, ​ There is no such thing as privacy in my home. My parents can walk into my room any time without my permis...

Being a young carer

hi sam. i think that i am a young carer but i am not sure. My younger brother is 10, he has down syndrome ,autism and...

My Mum

Dont get me wrong i love my mum, but she is going through her menopause and has such dramatic mood swings. she is alw...

residential care

im 15 years old about to turn 16, I currently live in a children's residential care home. however i'm unsure of my op...

who should i talk to?

Hello. I want to talk to someone in real life, not just over the phone or on the internet with childline. Is there an...

My mum drinks

My mum drinks constantly and she is always shouting and telling me and my brothers and sister how much she hates us a...

Young carer

Hi, i am 16years old and last summer my dad moved out. i have always had a rough relationship with my dad so this was...

Homesickness

My school is holding a ski trip in April. All my friends are so excited but i am dreading it. I will get so homesick ...

Christmas and Bereavement

Hi sam, so 2 and a half years ago my mum passed away from cancer. This year will be my 3rd christmas without her and ...

Dad drinking during Christmas

Hey Sam, Obviously, its almost christmas. and i freaking hate christmas. my dad is sober now but in the past christma...

Christmas suckks

hi my family used to be close but now we've had so many arguments that we barely speak to each other. one of my older...

Young Carers

Hi Sam im a young carer and i have been getting very stressed and i at home i live with my mum and grandma. When i ge...

Snooping?!

Hi, Sam. I just got back from school and there’s obvious signs my mum was in my room. Such as my chair has moved, clo...

Unsiversity dorms

im 16 now and ive spoken to my family about living in uni dorms. my dad said he would disown me if i ever try snd mov...

My nan and Alzheimer's

So, My nan has Alzheimer's and I get really down because she can't remember me or my dad. and I don't know how to cop...

Forced to pay rent at 16

My friend has just informed me that she might soon be forced to pay rent by her own parents in order to live with the...