This year’s Childline annual review 2017/18 highlights a continued increase in counselling sessions around mental and emotional health and wellbeing
Last year Childline delivered more than 278,000 counselling sessions, of which almost 2 in 5 (39%) related to mental and emotional health and wellbeing. Children and young people talked to us about a wide range of concerns and worries from anxiety to feeling depressed to suicidal thoughts and feelings.
Many young people told us how difficult they find it to talk openly, with family, friends or professionals, about their problems.
One theme for young people contacting Childline with mental health issues was a sense of being alone. Some talked about not feeling listened to, understood or adequately supported. Relationships with family and friends had broken down and their self-esteem and confidence had been severely affected.
The report also looks at some of the coping strategies that young people say helped them to cope with their worries.