Talking through problems

  • Talking about your problems can release pent-up feelings. 
  • Talking to someone outside of the situation may help you to find a solution to the problem. 
  • If you don’t think you can discuss the problem with anyone you know, you can call a confidential telephone counselling service.

It can be hard to talk to people about how you feel. You may be worried that they won’t take your feelings seriously. You may also be worried about what will happen after you tell them your problems.

If you think you don’t know anyone who will listen, you can call a confidential counselling service. Kids Helpline (Tel. 1800 551 800) and Lifeline (Tel. 13 11 14) are telephone counselling services that are available 24 hours a day.

Talk to someone you trust

Talking to someone you trust about something upsetting may help you to:

  • sort through the problem 
  • see the situation more clearly
  • look at the problem in a new or different way
  • release built-up tension – this can help you to gain new insight into the situation that is causing the problem
  • find out that you are not alone – you may find that many other people share your feelings
  • identify options or solutions you hadn’t thought of before.

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