my mom hates me so much she hits me, calls me names, and once she hit me so hard she left a bruise on my face, I couldn’t go to school for a week.
- Your safety will always be our number one priority. If you ever feel like your physical or emotional safety is in jeopardy, please call 911 immediately. If you do not feel comfortable calling the police, a crisis hotline might also be helpful. You can text “Hello” to 741741, anytime to reach a counselor to assist you. No one deserves to feel unsafe or unloved. There is always help.
- This must be a very scary experience to go through. We are proud that you felt safe enough to reach out to TeenCentral with your story.
- Coming to TeenCentral was just the first step in your journey. We encourage you to reach out to a trusted adult for support. Have you ever spoken to a mental health professional about the abuse? If not, it’s ok. You can find a teacher, guidance counselor, or an older peer who can point you in the right direction. The abuse you talk about in your story is serious and should be addressed between you and your mom. Find a support system and ask for help.
- Just as it takes effort to build and maintain your physical health, it’s the same thing for your mental health. Physical and emotional abuse can take a toll on us, self care is so important. Spending quality time with those who matter to you can assist in making you feel good. Try to connect anyway you can with those who make you smile.
- Have you ever tried journaling? Since you have already taken the first step of sharing your story with TeenCentral, try writing it down on paper. Actually putting words on paper can help release some of those overwhelming emotions. You can also try to write down some things that you would want to tell your mom (if you ever decide to have that conversation). Thoughts and feelings start to be less overwhelming when we can organize them. Pen and paper are great tools for that.
- Find a spot in your house, or a safe place in your neighborhood that you can sit and reflect. Take several deep breaths in and out. It may seem small, but it’s those short breaks we give ourselves that make our emotions more manageable. Add these little things to your daily activities. Remember– you are important and you are worthy of love.