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1. Emotional Health and Wellbeing 2. Family Breakdown                 3. How Can I Help Myself Cope with a Family Breakdown
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2. Family Breakdown

Sometimes two people decide to separate or divorce, and this usually affects more people than just themselves, such as their children. 

If your Parents are Separating

If your parents are separating then firstly you need to know that it's not your fault or because of something you did.  This is a decision your parents have come to on their own and for their own, maybe private, reasons.

It's OK and normal to feel sad about this, but remember that your parents still love you no matter what, and they still want you to be happy, so they will be working extra hard to help you get through this time in your life, and once again: it is not your fault.

It might help you to talk to your someone about how you're feeling and/or what's happening.  You could talk to your parents, or maybe if you're not ready for that you could speak to a friend or an aunt or uncle or grandparent about how you feel.

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