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I've been grounded

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hello i have been grounded for a year over 1 disposable vape i am 15 and left with no social media or anything i feel like i have no friends because they all cant text ne and i get in trouble every day of the week and it doesnt seem to be getting better i cant cope anymore


Hello, thanks for your question!

Firstly, we want to say that we’re really glad you reached out. It takes a lot of courage to express how you’re feeling, especially when things seem tough. So, welcome, and know that you’re not alone. Many teenagers go through challenging times, and it’s okay to feel overwhelmed.

Feeling isolated because of being grounded for a year is incredibly tough, especially at 15 when social connections mean so much. It’s natural to miss your friends and the activities that bring you joy. Being cut off from social media and communication can make those feelings of loneliness and frustration seem much worse.

We want you to know that your feelings are valid. It’s tough to cope when it feels like there’s no end in sight. However, there are always options and people who can help. You mentioned feeling like you have no friends to text, but remember, there are support systems in place, like Childline, where you can reach out for help and someone will listen without judgment.

Would you consider having a calm and honest conversation with your parents during a quiet moment when there are no interruptions expected. Express how you’re feeling and the challenges you’re facing. Sometimes, parents may not fully understand the impact their decisions have on their children, and talking to them can lead to a better understanding and potential solutions. It’s okay to ask for support and to express your feelings respectfully. If you’re unsure how to approach the conversation, Childline can help you. Remember, it’s important to speak up for yourself and look for the support you need. This article from the Childline website may give you some guidance for the conversation

The Childline team is here for you, 24/7. Whether you need someone to talk to, explore your options, or just listen, we’re dedicated to supporting you. You can contact us via phone at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at You don’t have to go though this alone.

It’s important to remember that this situation won’t last forever. While it may feel overwhelming now, things can and will improve. Reach out for support, take things one day at a time, and remember that you’re stronger than you realise. You deserve happiness and support, and there are people ready to help you find your way through this challenging time.

Take care.


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