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I don't want to go back to school

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I have a week left of Christmas holidays but I just don’t want to go back to school. I feel so depressed and I know it will get worse when I go back.


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It sounds like you’re going through a tough time right now, and it’s completely okay to feel that way. The transition from holiday break back to school can be challenging for many young people. It’s important to acknowledge those feelings and understand that you’re not alone in experiencing them. As you get ready to return to school, it’s normal to feel a bit anxious or even a bit down.

Remember, it’s okay to reach out to friends, family, or a trusted adult to share your feelings. You are never alone in facing these challenges. Surrounding yourself with a support system can make a significant difference. Sometimes just expressing your thoughts and emotions can be a relief in itself.

If you find that these feelings are continuing or becoming overwhelming, consider talking to a school counsellor or a mental health professional. They are there to help and can provide guidance on coping strategies and resources. You don’t have to go through these emotions on your own; there are people who care about your well-being and are ready to support you. There are free programmes for teens and parents of teens who suffer from mild anxiety offered by ISPCC. You can find out more about them here

As you approach the new school term, try to focus on the positive aspects of your experience – reconnecting with friends, engaging in activities you enjoy, and setting small, achievable goals. Also, this article may help you too

If you would like to talk about this some more, anonymously, you can chat to the Childline Team. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. Or maybe you would like to chat about something else; and that’s fine too because Childline is here for you, any reason, anytime. Our phone number is 1800 66 66 66 or you can use Live Chat on our website , just click on the Live Chat tab.

Remember, you have the strength to face these challenges, and there are people to help and support you every step of the way. You’re not alone, and we are here for you, ready to support and explore options with you.

Look after yourself,


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