Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Talking to Childline Lightened the Burden of Keeping Such a Big Secret' THOUSANDS OF CALLS ARE GOING UNHEARD EVERY YEAR

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

'Talking to Childline Lightened the Burden of Keeping Such a Big Secret' THOUSANDS OF CALLS ARE GOING UNHEARD EVERY YEAR

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Byline: TIM STICKINGS Reporter tim.stickings@trinitymirror.com @tpstickings

THE Gazette and the NSPCC are today launching a nationwide campaign to help Childline reach thousands of young people who are hanging up or logging out before they can get help.

Thousands of calls and messages from vulnerable children and teenagers are going unanswered, with almost one in four young people unable to reach a volunteer because of rising demand for online, evening and night-time counselling.

The helpline received 800,000 calls or messages from young people last year, most commonly during the evening and overnight, but too many vulnerable people are waiting in queues and giving up, with the need for help greater than ever.

To close this gap The Gazette is teaming up with the NSPCC to launch 'Light Up Christmas for Children', a nationwide campaign to raise money for Childline and give all young people, no matter their circumstances, the chance of a brighter future.

By donating just PS4, which readers can do by sending a simple text, you could pay for a counsellor to answer a call and help Childline volunteers who want to speak tens of thousands more young people in need.

In all, 175,000 attempted calls and messages were lost last year, some of them from children in desperate need of help.

One former Childline user said: "Between the ages of 12 and 13 I phoned Childline regularly as I was Developments technologies meant that people communicating different John Cameron being sexually abused by my godfather. I was just so glad to be finally sharing things with someone.

In all, 175,000 attempted calls messages were last year, some them from children desperate need "Childline made me feel confident that it wasn't my fault and helped me to realise that I didn't have to feel ashamed. The counsellors I spoke to just let me talk and it was such a relief. The way they talked made me feel like they were genuinely there for me and like I was important. …

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