Exmouth’s youngsters can count on ChildLine

PUBLISHED: 07:00 29 December 2011

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ChildLine is supporting Exmouth’s youngsters over the holidays and New Year

ChildLine counsellors will be keeping phone lines open over the holidays to ensure children in Exmouth have someone to turn to.

Over the 12 days of Christmas last year - December 24 2010 to January 5 2011 - ChildLine counsellors answered 7,802 cries for help from children and young people.

The charity lifeline said children across the UK contacted ChildLine 2,373 times for in-depth online or telephone counselling on Christmas Day alone.

Family relationship problems, bullying and sexual abuse were the most common reasons for children to contact ChildLine over the festive period.

ChildLine said last year, the number of children contacting the 24-hour service about suicide over Christmas and New Year rose above the average for the year, with around 23 emails, phone calls and online chats per day from children who were feeling suicidal over the festive season.

Director of ChildLine, Peter Liver, said: “On New Year’s Eve, ChildLine counsellors across the UK will be taking calls and messages from children who need someone to talk to.

“While Christmas and New Year can be a time of celebration, for some young people the festivities can make their problems feel even more distressing.”

ChildLine will be there to help those children who need someone to turn to throughout the Christmas period, 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

Children can speak to a counsellor online at childline.org.uk or by telephone on 0800 1111.

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