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Mistreated by my parents

Your Question

I don’t know what to do my parents hit me and mistreat me I’m so confused as to how to live  life and I want to end it. 

Answer

Hello there, thanks for reaching out to us.

You are telling us that your parents are mistreating you. You are feeling confused and you are thinking of ending your life.

We here at Childline are very concerned about you speaking of your parents hitting you, mistreating you, and wanting to end your life. It is your right to be safe and protected from harm. Your parents do not have the right to harm you in any way, physically, emotionally, or sexually. It is your parents’ responsibility to care for you, protect you, and listen to you.
 
You have the right to get help and support and to talk to someone about how you feel. You have the right to be listened to and heard about what you are experiencing. Sometimes talking about what we are going through with a trusted adult can help us to make decisions. Do you think you have a trusted adult you could speak to about what’s going on for you? This could be a family member, teacher, youth worker, or neighbour.
 
Remember, young people have the right to report any concerns of abuse to Social Workers or to the Gardaí. Túlsa is the Child and Family Agency in Ireland. The social workers within Túlsa are there for young people under the age of 18 years, and their job is to keep children and young people safe at home. You can find your local Tulsa office here: www.tusla.ie/get-in-touch/local-area-offices/ if you would like to get in touch with them or get information. If you feel unsafe and are in danger, you have the right to call the emergency services at 999 or 112.
 
You talk of wanting to end your life, and we here at Childline would be very concerned by this. CAMHS (Child & Adolescent Mental Health Service) supports children and young people who are experiencing mental health difficulties. You can attend your local GP for a referral if you are over 16, or if you are under 16, you must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
 
Pieta House is another service that supports young people who are experiencing suicidal ideation www.pieta.ie. They also have a 24/7 crisis line at 1800 247 247 or text HELP to 51444.
 
If ever you need to talk and you don’t know who to go to, know Childline is here for you. We will listen and support you whenever you need us. You can call us at 1800 66 66 66 or use the Live Chat on our website www.childline.ie. We are open 24 hours a day, every day of the year. So, you are never alone.  The Childline team are here for you, confidentially, without judgment, to help you explore your options with you.
 
Take care of yourself,
Alex

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