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I think my sister should see a therapist

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I think my sister should see a therapist / counsellor. How do I find a good one and how to I convince my parents? She’s really struggling 


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

You are telling us that you think your sister may need to see a therapist. You say she is really struggling, and you need to convince your parents that she needs help. 

It sounds like you are really concerned about your sister and this is such a good thing that you are doing. You yourself, have the right to talk to a trusted adult around how you are feeling about your sister. Your sister has the right to get help, and there are lots of services that offer support for young people. Your parents have the responsibility to look after you and your sister and to meet the needs of you both. 

We here at Childline, would be more than happy to explore this further with you if you would like to contact us. Childline is here 24 hours a day, every day. Our phone number is 1800 66 66 66.  You could also text us at 50101, or you can access our web chat at . All our services are free, confidential, and non-judgmental.

Thank you for contacting us here today and we hope to hear from you soon. 








can children contact yourselves via email



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

You are asking can children contact Childline by e-mail. The answer to that is no, as using email is not confidential because we would have your email address. However, there are several ways for young people 18 years and younger to contact the Team at Childline.

You can call us by phone at 1800 66 66 66. Our phone service is open 24 hours a day, every day. This service is free and confidential. We do not trace calls or use caller ID, so it is a safe way for young people to talk about whatever is going on for them in confidence.

You can text us at 50101. Here, you can have a confidential chat by text, which is also free and open 24 hours. We do not use phone ID.

Or if you prefer to have a web chat with us, you an do so through . Like our phone and text services, our web chat is free, confidential, and open 24 hours. We do not trace IP addresses.

You can also check out our website to learn a little more about the services we provide at . On the website there are lots of articles on different topics which you may find helpful.

We would be delighted to hear from you if you decide to get in touch with us, whichever way you feel most comfortable.

Thank you for contacting us. We wish you well.




I am 16 years old and I have attempted two suicides already.I have severe anxiety because of it.I find it really hard to get over the fact that I tried to do that to myself and others.Any advice about my feelings and emotions/thoughts? 


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

You are very brave to open up and tell us about your two attempted suicides. Such a brave thing to do. You say it is causing you severe anxiety. Also, that you find it hard to get over what you did and you are thinking of others also.  


It is understandable that you are feeling anxious and are finding it difficult at the moment. It sounds like you may need some little help and support.  You have acknowledged that you are finding it hard to get over what you did and have reached out for help. This is very positive.


You have a right to get help and support for what you are going through. There are support services available that are there to help you.;;; are some of those services where you may get some support and advice around your thoughts and feelings. You may also need the help of professionals like doctors or counsellors. You have the right to access these supports also.



Childline have a 24-hour phone service at 1800 66 66 66. We also have a texting service which you can text at 50101, or you may prefer our web chat service which you can access through . All these services are free, confidential and non-judgmental. Childline is open all day, every day. Childline never closes.


You do not have to go through this on your own. The Childline team would be delighted to hear from you if you would like to contact us. 


Thank you for getting in touch with us today and we wish you well for the future. Take care of yourself.


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