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There are lots of places where you can get support, and help to understand what’s going on. You might just want to find out a bit more about depression or low self-esteem before talking to someone, or perhaps you want to help a friend.
Here are some places that have information you can read online, and people you can talk to if you want to speak to someone in person.
The risk would need to be serious, and we would try to discuss with you first.
Remember if someone is harming you, they may be harming others too.
You don’t have to talk to someone if you don’t want to.
You can read information online, or make a confidential phone call.
If you’re under 18 and want to get tested for a sexually transmitted infection (STI), SH:24 won’t tell your parents or guardian.
Therapy has become a customary part of my self-care song-and-dance, despite the sad truth that I haven't seen tons of progress when it comes to my struggles with depression, relationships, et al.
Whatever you choose, it’s good to be informed so that you can keep yourself safe.
Some young people might try to harm themselves because they feel down, and might find it harder to say ‘no’ to sex because they don’t feel good about themselves.
Could spilling my guts to faceless strangers on an online message board or chat room possibly compare to "real" therapy? Paul Hokemeyer, a NYC-based addictions and family therapist, is dubious.
"Therapy that changes people's lives is a nuanced process," he says.