My mum hates me

Anna, who was 15 years old, called Child Helpline saying that her mother did not love her...

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She had been very aggressive lately and Anna could not understand her mum’s behaviour. One day, she saw her mother crying so she went to console her but her mother instead shouted at her: “You are to blame! I will leave and abandon you!” Anna was naturally very upset about this and told her father about the incident. He tried to calm Anna by saying that she should stop worrying, but she was still upset and did not know how to handle the situation. The counsellor emphasised that Anna was not responsible for her mother’s feelings and behaviour and that her mother could have been having personal issues, which were not related to Anna. The counsellor pointed out that her mother needed professional help and motivated Anna to discuss with her father the possibility of seeking psychological help.