EMERGENCY helpline ChildLine received almost 50,000 cries for help from children and young people in the twelve days from Christmas Eve to January 4 – a 19% increase on last year’s figures.
Contacts by telephone, email or online chat to ChildLine totalled 48,751 over the festive period and figures show a 50% increase in the number of counselling help given on Christmas Day compared with last year.
Volunteers at ChildLine’s online counselling base in Yorkshire received 215 contacts during the 12 day holiday period. Family problems remained the primary concern of children and young people who contacted ChildLine, accounting for 19% of the total online counselling sessions.
Other reasons children contacted ChildLine Yorkshire were depression, self-harm and mental health issues.
Nationally there was a dramatic increase in depression and mental health related counselling, which has increased by 103% compared with Christmas 2010.