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I'm struggling

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how to ask for help when you’re struggling

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Hello there, welcome to Ask Alex,
 
Firstly, we want to commend you for reaching out and looking for advice. It takes courage to acknowledge when things are tough and to seek help. Remember, you’re not alone in feeling this way, and there are people who genuinely care about your well-being.
 
Feeling overwhelmed or struggling is a natural part of being human, especially during the teenage years when you’re facing so many changes and challenges. It’s important to recognise that asking for help is a sign of strength, not weakness. Whether it’s talking to a trusted adult, a friend, a teacher, or even getting professional help, reaching out is the first step towards finding support and solutions.
 
When you’re ready to ask for help, it might feel daunting, but try to remember that the people you’re reaching out to care about you and want to help. You can start the conversation by saying something like, “I’ve been having a tough time lately, and I could really use some support,” or “I’m struggling with [specific issue], and I’m not sure what to do.” You may find this article helpful www.childline.ie/not-sure-how-to-ask-for-help-heres-what-to-do/.
 
It’s okay if you’re unsure about who to talk to or how to approach the conversation. Just know that there are resources available to you, such as Childline, where you can speak with our trained team who are there to listen, offer support, and explore your options with you. Childline is open 24/7, and you can reach us at 1800 66 66 66 or through Live Chat at www.Childline.ie. We offer a safe, non-judgmental, and confidential space for you to express yourself and explore your options.
 
Remember, asking for help is a brave and important step towards healing and finding solutions. You deserve support, and there are people who want to help you through whatever challenges you’re facing. You’re not alone.
 
Look after yourself, and reach out to the team whenever you’re ready,
Alex

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