Don't suffer in silence, urges new Childline ambassador Cheryl
Childline's new celebrity campaigner Cheryl Tweedy has urged troubled teenage girls to reach out to the charity.
The former X Factor star issued her plea after it was revealed that the number of counselling sessions delivered to girls aged between 12 and 18 suffering from mental health and well-being issues has jumped by 22% since 2013.
In Northern Ireland, a total of 563 sessions were delivered to girls in that age group last year.
Cheryl, who took on the new role to mark the charity's 30th birthday, said: "The reality is that it doesn't matter whether you are at primary, secondary school or college, or how big or small your problem is, Childline is there for you.
"Life can be hard sometimes, especially while you're growing up, and everyone deserves someone to talk to and help make sense of it all.
"That is exactly what Childline is there to do - just listen and help."
Singer Cheryl has also teamed up with Childline to make a film which sees her voice replaced by young people talking about personal problems.
Dame Esther Rantzen, who founded Childline in 1986 and is still its president, added: "We are really excited at the awareness that Cheryl will bring to the service, and in particular how she will enable us to reach out to even more desperately unhappy young people with nowhere else to turn.
"She fully understands the new dangers young people face today, such as sexting and cyber-bullying."