"I couldn't focus and I couldn't sleep from the worry."
I was getting down about what I was seeing on the news. Whenever I looked at my phone it felt like all I ever heard were sad or bad things happening to people. I thought ‘what if that could happen to me or my family?’. My friends at school even started to notice how sad I was feeling. I couldn't explain why I felt that way - nobody else seemed to worry about this stuff.
My teacher told me to call Kids Helpline and I’m so happy I did. I was able to let my fears out - they listened to me and didn't judge me.
I realised I can’t control what bad happens in the world. But there's also a lot of good! The counsellor helped me to focus on the good things happening around me and be happy again. Taking a break from news and social media for a while helped.