Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anguish of the Cries for Help

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Anguish of the Cries for Help

Article excerpt

Many children who call ChildLine are in desperate circumstances when they pick up the phone.

Counsellors received the following calls from Teesside youngsters.

KELLY, 13, called ChildLine when she was thinking about killing herself. She said: "Both my parents are dead and I hate my foster family. I'm sitting on a bridge wondering what would happen if I jumped over."

RUTH, 15, told a ChildLine counsellor she had been abused for many years. "This guy from the church used to babysit me when my mum had to work. A few years ago, he assaulted me. It makes me feel sick to think about it. I've taken some pills so I don't feel like that any more."

Eleven-year-old NAV told the ChildLine counsellor: "I can't take it anymore. I'm going to kill myself right now!" During the call Nav said he was having family problems. …

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