Welcome to ChildLine Trinidad and Tobago

ChildLine is an NGO dedicated to the welfare and protection of all children and young persons in Trinidad and Tobago.

Want to request in-person counselling?

We offer free and confidential counselling for children and persons 25 years and under. When conducted in person, all sessions will be done in accordance with COVID-19 health and safety guidelines.

Want to request tele counselling?

Our usual counselling services are also available via telephone for children and persons 25 years and under. All sessions are free and confidential as always! Call us at 800-4321 or 131 to request an appointment!

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Why cramming for your test doesn’t work

Whether or not we are aware of it, we often avoid completing an important task or assignment because we are worried that it will be too difficult for us. We may put off that big assignment because we are worried that creativity and focus will not come easily, or that it may end up being too much for us to handle. Therefore, in trying to save ourselves from the stress and potential ‘failure’ of starting now, we wait until a later time when the urgency outweighs the fear.

Is it healthy for your child to have an imaginary friend?

Many parents worry that their child’s imaginary friend is an unhealthy coping mechanism, ungrounded in reality, that will affect them negatively for the rest of their life. However, most children are or will be aware that their imaginary friend is not real.

Most teen suicides are preventable

No teen is immune to mental health struggles or other issues that can act as driving factors towards a suicide attempt. As a parent, even if you believe that you know everything about your child and what they go through daily, it isn’t usually obvious that they’re in pain or desperately in need of support.

How to stop being your own bully

What is your inner voice like? Does it judge you even when others don’t? Does it criticize everything you do? Does it tell you you’re not good enough? Does it try to convince you that other people secretly don’t like you? Though it seems like it isn’t a big deal, some of the most powerful words are the words we say to ourselves.

Why you should teach your son to be more “sensitive”

Does your child cry often and/or have difficulty moving past their emotions? Do they frequently get overwhelmed? Do they often struggle with trying not to cry when criticized or scolded? If the answer is yes for most or all of these, your child may be emotionally sensitive.

How are you feeling today?


Happiness is the state of feeling or showing pleasure or contentment. It can mean that you are pleased with yourself and your choices, and with the person that you are. Happiness is more than how we feel when something good happens to us.

  • Happy people get sick less often and experience fewer symptoms when they do get sick.
  • Happy people have more friends and a better support system.
  • Happy people donate more to charity (and giving money to charity makes you happy, too).
  • Happy people are more helpful and more likely to volunteer—which also makes you happier! Be sure to check out ChildLine Volunteer tab
  • Happy people have an easier time navigating through life since positivity eases pain, sadness, and grief.
  • Happy people have a positive influence on others and encourage them to seek happiness as well, which can be strengthening.
  • Happy people engage in deeper and more meaningful conversations.
  • Happy people smile more, which is beneficial to your health.
  • Happy people exercise more often and eat more healthily.
  • Happy people are happy with what they have rather than being jealous of others.
  • Happy people are healthier all around and more likely to be healthy in the future.
  • Happy people live longer than those who are not as happy.
  • Happy people are more productive and more creative, and this effect extends to all those experiencing positive emotions.

If you’re interested in learning more about happiness, click on the link here


Feeling okay?



Did you know that “OKAY” is a phrase used to ask someone if they are feeling fine, especially when one suspects they may not be?

  • It may mean I’m happy or feeling sad
  • It might mean I’m feeling good or really bad.

Let’s find out some more about feeling okay. Take this brief, fun quiz.



Feeling Angry?

Feeling angry is a normal, healthy response to a threat and may be used for a constructive purpose. When anger becomes uncontrollable or is unexpressed, it may lead to negative consequences.

  • Your body has several ways of letting you know when you are getting too angry. Some common feelings may include:
  • Your heart feels like it's racing—it beats very fast and may even feel like it's pounding in your chest, or pounding in your head.
  • Your body temperature increases—you feel hot and may sweat a lot.
  • Your muscles tighten—your body feels tense and on edge
  • Your body temperature increases—you feel hot and may sweat a lot
  • You may develop a headache – you may feel like your head is pounding or pulsating

Are there some situations that make you feel particularly angry?

Think about the last few times you became really angry. Do you know exactly what it was that made you angry? Was it justified or did you feel you had a right to be angry? How did you feel? By becoming more aware of what upsets you, and how you feel when you are angry, you can take control of it before it takes control of you. 

  • Pay attention to what upsets you. When you’re able to figure out what triggers angry feelings, you can make decisions about how to manage these triggers. Sometimes they’re avoidable and other times not; it’s up to you to be prepared with strategies that will help you stay in better control.
  • Leave the scene—Take yourself away from the person and/or place where you became angry. A change of scenery can help you “cool off” your angry feelings.
  • Walk away instead of driving away—Walking is a great way to get your anger out. Avoid driving to prevent yourself from putting yourself and others in danger.
  • Choose safe ways to deal with anger—Take deep breaths, repeat a calming word, relax your muscles, imagine a calm place to decrease your anger. Do not drink, use violence or pick up a weapon.
  • If you feel you’re a danger to yourself or others, call 911 or go to the closest emergency room. If you’re having thoughts of wanting to hurt yourself or hurt other people, it’s important to get help immediately!


Feeling depressed?

Depression is more than just feeling sad. It can mean severe and long-lasting periods of low mood that eventually hinder your ability to live a normal life and/or maintain healthy relationships.

  • Intense feelings of sadness or hopelessness
  • Irritability
  • Loss of interest or pleasure in activities you once enjoyed
  • Difficulty concentrating
  • Difficulty remembering things
  • Feelings of guilt or worthlessness
  • Sleeping too much or too little

Please seek professional help if you think you or someone you know may be experiencing depression.

  • ChildLine (800-4321)
  • Lifeline (Suicide hotline) (800-5588)
  • Families in Action (628-2333)
  • Domestic Violence (800-SAVE/7273)
  • Rape Crisis Society (627-7273)
  • Child Guidance Clinic (726-1324)
  • Children’s Authority (800-2014)


Feeling stressed?

Stress is a feeling of emotional or physical tension. It can come from any event or thought that makes you feel frustrated, angry, or nervous. Stress is your body's reaction to a challenge or demand. Did you know that stress can be positive, such as when it helps you avoid danger or meet a deadline?

  • Becoming easily agitated, frustrated, and moody
  • Feeling overwhelmed, like you are losing control or need to take control
  • Having difficulty relaxing and quieting your mind
  • Feeling bad about yourself (low self-esteem), lonely, worthless, and depressed
  • Avoiding others

  • Low energy
  • Headaches
  • Upset stomach, including diarrhoea, constipation, and nausea
  • Aches, pains, and tense muscles
  • Chest pain and rapid heartbeat
  • Insomnia
  • Frequent colds and infections
  • Nervousness and shaking, ringing in the ear, cold or sweaty hands and feet
  • Dry mouth and difficulty swallowing
  • Clenched jaw and grinding teeth

  • Constant worrying
  • Racing thoughts
  • Forgetfulness and disorganization
  • Inability to focus
  • Poor judgment
  • Being pessimistic or seeing only the negative side

  • Changes in appetite -- either not eating or eating too much
  • Procrastinating and avoiding responsibilities
  • Increased use of alcohol, drugs, or cigarettes

Here’s what you can do

  • Take a walk
  • Meditate
  • Read a book
  • Listen to music
  • Relax

If the source of your stress is due to a medical condition, you may want to talk to your parent/ guardian or your healthcare professional.


Workshops and webinars

Dealing with Exam Stress and SEA

For SEA students, this webinar is intended to provide techniques for exam preparation, time management, and stress relief. For parents, this webinar will provide the strategies for supporting their children through the process from preparation to coping with the results.

My ChildLine App: Creative Video Competition

ChildLine gladly invites you to take part in the My ChildLine App Creative Video Competition! To enter the competition, persons are kindly asked to create a video using the guidelines provided.

ChildLine Virtual Ambassador Program

Register for this program to develop interpersonal, communication and leadership skills through training sessions and peer support/mediation!

Become a ChildLine volunteer today. It’s a rewarding experience.

The ChildLine difference

ChildLine Ambassador Programme

The Ambassador Programme seeks to expand ChildLine’s presence in schools by introducing a program aimed at developing critical life skills such as communication, team-work and fostering leadership qualities in our nation’s youth.

Return to Happiness Programme

Return to Happiness (RTH) is a psychosocial recovery program developed by UNICEF for children who have experienced trauma from disaster, conflict or violence. 

Help for children on the move

Children on the move are vulnerable to a number of psychosocial trauma. ChildLine works closely with UN agencies to protect children on the move in Trinidad and Tobago. We do this by offering over-the-phone support, psychosocial counselling, and workshops with children at Child-Friendly Spaces (CFSs).

Some of our partners