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Feeling overwhelmed with high school, or life in general? You’re not alone. 

Between school, sport, work, family commitments and our social lives, it can feel like we have a lot on our plates. Sometimes we all need a little help, but asking for it isn’t always easy. It’s important to remember you’re not alone though, and there are trusted adults in your life that can support you. 

A trusted adult can be anyone you feel comfortable and secure talking to. It could be a family member, your favourite teacher, your school guidance officer, psychologist, social worker or youth worker, or even a neighbour. 

1. Identify the right person: There are many trusted adults at school such as teachers, guidance officers, psychologists, social workers and youth workers who can help. Choose someone who you feel comfortable talking to and who has the expertise to help with your specific needs.

2. Prepare what to say: Think about what you want to ask for and why. Having a clear idea of what you need help with will make the conversation easier and more productive. Writing things down might help you organise your thoughts.

3. Choose the right time: Setting up a meeting with a trusted adult gives you the opportunity to have an open and honest conversation without interruptions.

4. Be honest and direct: Explain the situation and what you need help with. The more they know, the better they can support you.

Asking for help takes courage, and it’s important to know that trusted adults at school are there to support you. Visit our support page to find even more resources and people who can help.