The impact of abuse on youth mental health


At Kids Help Phone, we hear all too often from young people struggling with verbal and emotional abuse. Abuse can have a profoundly negative impact on a young person’s mental health. 

Thankfully, Kids Help Phone is here to offer positive, confidential, non-judgmental support to any young person – 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

The impact of abuse on youth mental health

The most important thing these young people need from our counsellors? To be told that it’s not their fault. To know they’re brave and strong for seeking help. To understand they’re worthy of something better.

Our counsellors offer positive reinforcement to combat the negative messaging many young people may receive on a daily basis. We give them a safe space where they can talk, feel, express, cry and share. We encourage their inner voice to speak out. It’s a voice that may have been pounded down over many years, locked away to keep them safe.

More than anything, we’re here to bear witness to their pain and let them know they’re not alone. 

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