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I get really annoyed when people lie about their mental health issues

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Hi ya. I’m really annoyed at some people online who start all these trends and pretend to be depressed for attention and like draw on their arm and post pics of it and say omg my scars when it’s obvs marker like they are almost mocking people who go through this everyday. Do u think u can do an article about mental health issues and how bad it is to lie about them?? Thanks~ 


Hi there, you are very welcome to Ask Pat today. 

Thank you for your question. 

You are saying that you feel annoyed at some people online that pretend to be depressed for attention and you feel they are mocking people that are going through mental health issues. You are asking if Childline could do an article about mental health issues and how bad it is to lie about them. 

It is understandable that you are annoyed at what you have experienced online. It sounds like you are a caring person and that you care for those who may have mental health issues. You are very brave to reach out today. 

You have the right to talk about how these people are making you feel. Childline is here for you and we really would love to listen to you if you would like to have a chat anytime.  At Childline we focus on you and what is important to you. The services are free and available twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. The Team do not judge anything you say or do and will listen to everything you wish to share. There are a number of ways in which you can get in contact with us: through the telephone service 1800 66 66 66; through the text service on 50101; by web chat that you access through the website     

Here are some articles that you might like to take a look at:;  

Once again, thank you for getting in touch and sharing how you are feeling; your question is really important to us 

Take care  of yourself,


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