"Even though my family are here, I feel very lonely."
Samantha shares her experience of mental health problems during the Coronavirus lockdown. She now wants to raise awareness of Childline to support other young people.
"I was scared no one would believe me"
Alice was sexually abused when she was very young. The Young Witness Service helped her feel supported when she gave evidence in court.
"I didn't feel I was in control of my life"
Annie struggled with going into care and felt she had no control over where she lived. Our support helped her to get her voice heard.
"I felt guilty that the bullies had chosen me"
James was bullied for years after moving to a new school. Talking to Childline helped him to rebuild his confidence and feel less alone.
"There were times when I had nowhere to go"
Leila was sexually exploited after running away from home when she was just 13. Our support gave her somewhere to turn.
"It was hard to pretend everything was ok"
Sioned struggled with her mental health growing up as a young carer. At her lowest moments, Childline helped her to feel someone cared.
"I was often by myself and I felt so lonely"
Sophie was neglected by both her parents growing up. Support from our counsellors helped her to rebuild her trust in people.
How you can help
Make a donation
Many children have been the hidden victims of this pandemic – suffering abuse and neglect at home, and struggling with their mental health. Will you help us be here for them?
Become a volunteer
Help turn a child's life around after abuse by volunteering for one of our services.
Advice about child abuse
Spotting the signs of abuse
Learn about the signs of abuse or neglect and get advice on what to do if you're worried.
Types of abuse
Find out about the different types of child abuse and the specific signs that you might be able to spot.
Work or volunteer with children and families?
Visit NSPCC Learning for information, resources and training to help you safeguard and protect children and young people across the UK.
Help us make a difference
Campaign. Donate. Fundraise. Race. Whatever you do, you'll help us make the world safer for children.
Names and identifying features have been changed to protect identity. Photographs have been posed by models.