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Struggling to cope

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ive been banging my head and my chest hard on purpose to try and pass out. Im really struggling to cope


Hi there, thanks so much for your question.
Firstly, we want to welcome you and commend you for reaching out. It takes courage to talk about difficult feelings and experiences, and we’re here to listen and support you through this. We want you to know that you’re not alone in what you’re going through, and there are people who care about you deeply.
We can’t imagine how tough it must be to feel like you’re struggling so much. The fact that you’re resorting to harming yourself in this way indicates that you’re in a lot of pain. It’s important to acknowledge that self-harming behaviour’s are a sign of distress and can be a way of coping with overwhelming emotions. But there are healthier ways to cope, and we’re here to help you explore those options.
We’re really concerned about your safety and well-being. It’s crucial that you get support from a professional who can help you through these difficult emotions. We strongly encourage you to reach out to your GP and ask for a referral to CAMHS (Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services). They have specialists who are trained to support young people dealing with issues like yours.
Additionally, Pieta House is an excellent resource for anyone struggling with self-harm or suicidal thoughts. They offer free, confidential support and counselling services. You can reach out to them for help and guidance at 1800 247 247 or by texting HELP to 51444,
If you ever feel unsafe at home or fear for your immediate well-being, don’t hesitate to contact the emergency services at 999 or 112. Your safety is paramount, and there are people who can help protect you.
Remember, you are never alone in this. Childline is here for you 24/7, ready to listen and support you through whatever you’re going through. You can contact us for free at 1800 66 66 66 or chat with us online through Live Chat at You can talk to us confidentially and without judgment anytime of the day or night. We are always here for you!
Please know that there is hope and help available, and you deserve to feel better. You are valued and loved, and there are people who want to help you through this difficult time.
Take care of yourself, and please reach out if you need anything,

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