If you’re having problems that you can’t seem to fix on your own, talking to an adult you trust can help. They can support you and may be able to help you find ways to improve your situation.
How can talking to an adult help?
Talking to an adult who you trust can help you see your situation more clearly and can give you new ideas to help make things better.
Some young people get help from an adult on issues at home, like domestic violence or emotional abuse. Other young people get support with something at school, like bullying.
Sometimes we can make things better by being more assertive or by building our confidence - but not always. It’s okay to ask for help.
Who can I talk to?
It’s important to pick the right person to talk to. You should feel safe and comfortable with the adult. They might have helped you with something before.
Different young people have different people they can trust in their life. Talking to a someone from NICRO can help you or help you work out who that person might be for you. You could talk to:
- a parent or carer
- another family member
- a friend's parent
- a teacher
- a doctor
- a school nurse
- a counsellor
- a neighbour
- a sports coach
- a religious leader
Planning or preparing what you want to say is one of the best ways to make sure the conversation goes well. Being ready can also help you feel less nervous.
Decide what you want to say to the other person. Think of a few examples of your problem or situation. This can help the adult understand your situation better.
NICRO is committed to turning lives around - We encourage all South Africans not to stand back, but become involved either by donating a monthly amount, a once-off donation or look at the NICRO wish list for support in kind for around the country and see how you can assist.