Pat's Answer

To Pat / 30 April 2020

Topic: upset and scared

Your Question

Why does my mum say I owe her money like €100 for a little bit of food that is leftover on the plate? And why does the neighbors at the back of me say that I should hang my self and why do they harass me when they are out in there back garden? And why do people pick on me calling me ugly and people pick on me on the radio like rte radio one? And why do I feel like one day my mum will attack me physically? And I am afraid of my mum? Feeling very upset and scared and could really do with childlines help. From sinead

From Pat / 06 May 2020


Welcome to Ask Pat,

Thank you for contacting us about what is going on for you Sinead. You mentioned that you are upset, feeling scared and that you would like some help from Chilldine.

It sounds like you have a lot of questions about many different things going on for you in your life. You have the right to be safe in your own home and to have support from trusted adults in your life. Nobody has the right to hurt you physically or emotionally no matter what you do. Abuse is never okay and it is never your fault. You have the right to get help from an adult that you trust to listen and support you.

Who might that person be in your life? For some it may be a family member, others a teacher or sports leader. If you feel like there is not a trusted adult in your life that you can talk to right now, there is always the option of contacting Childline, who are here to listen. Every young person and child has the right to feel safe at all times in their home. On the Childline website there are a number of useful sections you might find helpful, taht give you more information and supports that are relevant to you.

Remember when you talk to Childline, you can talk through these questions that you have mentioned about your mam, your neighbors and other people who are mean to you. You can explore your thoughts, feelings and options when you chat to us by phone (1800 66 66 66), by text (50101) or web chat on this website ( ). We do not judge what you say at Childline and your chat can stay confidential. All of our Childline services are free. There will always be somebody here to chat with you.


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