If you’re having a hard time at school, telling someone you trust – like your favourite teacher or your guidance teacher – can be the first step to things getting better for you. But we totally get that it’s not always easy to talk about the hard stuff going on in your life. Here are some of the reasons why you might not want to talk:

  • No one will understand
  • I feel I can cope on my own
  • I don’t want adults interfering in my personal life
  • People might label or judge me
  • My friends won’t want to hang out with me anymore.

So why tell someone if you’re having a hard time at school?  By sharing your problems with someone you trust, you might find it easier to cope with them. And they might be able to help you find ways to change the things in your life that you want to.

We like what Childline say about this: “Someone else can often help you see your problem differently. They could give you new ideas on how to cope with things…Putting things into words often helps. Sometimes it’s just good to say what’s on your mind. Talking to someone could make you feel like you don’t have to deal with it on your own.” 

First steps. Starting the conversation might be the hardest part. Here’s 3 great conversation starters from Childline:

“I want to tell you something but I don’t know how.”
“This is hard for me to say, but I have something important to tell you.”
“I need some advice on something I’m stressed about.”

Or you could say that you’re asking for advice for a friend. Sometimes it’s easier to pretend you aren’t talking about yourself.

There’s loads more good advice on Childline’s website about who to talk to, how to plan what you want to say, and what to do if you don’t want to talk to anyone face to face.