Problems in the family

Families come in all shapes and size's and can experience a variety of problem's at any given time. There are many reasons why families break down and it is a difficult time for everyone. As a result of parents/carers splitting up young people can feel many different emotions including fear, confusion, sadness or anger. Uncertainty about the future, where you might live, who you'll live with and if you'll see your other parent can all be questions you need answers to. It could help to talk to your parents or carers and tell them how you feel.

Step families come together when parents live with a new partner or remarry. This can be a very difficult and lonely time for young people and getting used to a parents new partner or step brothers and sisters can be hard. It is important to realise that you are not alone going through this time of change and talking about how you feel can make you feel better.

Parents can have mental health difficulties like stress, depression or issues with alcohol and drugs which impact on their ability to care for you. Sometimes you might even become your parent’s carer and you might be responsible for the cooking, cleaning and shopping. You might even provide personal care or give your parents emotional support.  With so many adult responsibilities, you can often miss out on opportunities to hang out with your friends and or go to school or college. This can be hard for everyone involved and can make you worry about your parents and leave you feeling isolated and confused. You might feel afraid to ask for help because you think you are letting the family down, but your not. There are many people who can help you and your family.

If you are experiencing any of these issues, it is important to tell someone how you feel. Try talking to someone you feel comfortable with and trust like your parents, friend, teacher, youth worker or school nurse. They will be able to help you.

Remember if the person you first speak to does not help or does not believe you then speak to someone else.

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