To Pat / 21 Jan 2020
Topic: Pretending im ok
Pat, i have a big problem putting on a fake smile and pretnding im ok. When i get home, it hurts. My parents are rude and i have a habit of hurting myself. I have bad thoughts about dying. How can i stop this??
From Pat / 11 Feb 2020
Welcome to Ask Pat.
It sounds like you are feeling down and it’s hurting you to put on a fake smile and pretend you’re okay. You mention you have bad thoughts about dying and you have a habit of hurting yourself. Childline is concerned to hear that you are feeling this way.
You have a right to be safe and a right to get help and support regarding how you are feeling. It might be helpful for you to talk to a trusted adult about how you are feeling, for example a teacher, your doctor or a family member.
Or you could talk to us at Childline about what is happening for you and about how you are feeling.
There are online supports and services that might be helpful to you and you could read more about these on this Childline website.
Childline is always here to listen and to support you and you are welcome to call Childline on 1800 66 66 66 (24 hours a day), text Childline on 50101 (10am – 4am every day) or chat with Childline online on this website (10am – 4am every day).