Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Childline Proves to Be a Lifeline; More Young Boys Than Ever Are Calling for Help

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Childline Proves to Be a Lifeline; More Young Boys Than Ever Are Calling for Help

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Byline: Lisa Hutchinson

ARECORD number of North East bullied boys are shopping the cowardly culprits who make their lives a misery.

A new NSPCC report out today reveals hundreds more are finding the strength to talk about their problems as they are desperate to find ways to put an end to their nightmare life.

The statistics show the number of boys counselled by ChildLine has more than doubled in the past five years.

And the report, What boys talk about to ChildLine, found that bullying was the top problem, with 886 boys counselled by volunteers at the North East and Yorkshire area last year.

Volunteers across the UK counselled a massive 3,871 boys across the country in 2007/08. Those from the region make up a huge chunk of the national figure.

The report also flagged up other problems the boys encountered such as family relationships, physical and sexual abuse, as well as the facts of life.

The figures have caused ChildLine bosses to re-think ways how to encourage more boys to pick up the phone and talk about what is bothering them.

And they are wanting to raise millions of pounds to provide alternative ways by using new technologies, such as the web and mobile phones.

James, a Newcastle youngster, knows just how beneficial ChildLine is and has backed the new plans.

From the age of 10 he was bullied at school and endured constant threats, taunts and attacks.

At its worst he refused to go to school and contemplated suicide. His parents were supportive and tried to help, but James felt guilty burdening them with his constant despair. And James decided to try and help himself and call ChildLine.

James was so emotionally hurt that he spent time in an adolescent mental health unit and took medication for depression for a short time.

He continued to contact ChildLine throughout this period and the counsellor helped him to understand what options were open to him and how he could make steps towards his future. …

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