Courage to be yourself
Every week Kids Helpline connects with thousands of young people and helps them deal with serious issues.
HELP. COUNSELLING. SUPPORT.
Young people like 16 year old Darren*.
Darren called Kids Helpline to talk about study concerns and during the call he shared he had a crush on a male teacher at school.
“I was struggling to come to terms with my sexuality, and I was worried about being rejected by my family and friends if people found out. I purposely went out with girls so no one would suspect I might be gay. I was also having trouble at school because all my focus was on my male teacher.”
In counselling sessions over a year with one counsellor, Darren talked about his sexuality and came to terms with being homosexual. He gradually disclosed this to his friends who accepted him for who he is. Darren’s yet to tell his parents but feels they may already suspect.
Kids Helpline gave me the space to sort through my thoughts and feelings which helped me to focus back on my study and achieve good grades. Darren
Darren’s goal for the future is to become a high school teacher and he feels this is something he can now achieve.
If young people want to talk to someone they can call Kids Helpline on 1800 55 1800, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week or use email or web counselling services. No issue is too big or small.
They can also visit the Hot Topics section on the Kids Helpline website for advice on a range of issues. We also offer guidance for parents.
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