Find out about what it might take to break the bad news to somebody and tips on how to do it.
When you have bad news, it can be really hard to decide how and when to break it. It’s never the ‘right time’, sometimes you can be unsure of who you should tell. It’s important, however, not to keep things bottled up.
There are all kinds of bad news. You might have failed a test or lost something of importance to your parents or friends. You might have broken a vase or spilt tomato ketchup on the brand new carpet!
Each of us might come to a point where we have to tell somebody close to us some bad news, so what’s the easiest way to do so?
- Be patronising – It’s difficult for anyone to know what someone be thinking or feeling, so don’t tell them that you know exactly how they are feeling about what you’ve told them (even if you think you do!).
- Distance yourself – you’ve just had the courage to break the bad news, don’t run away now! You have been brave and one of the hardest parts is over.
- Pretend you’re ‘fine’ – often after telling someone some bad news, people can pretend they’re ok and dealing with things a lot better than they actually are. If you need help, ask for it. That’s what your family and friends are there for! If you can't speak to friends or family you can call Childline on 0800 1111.
Check out more information on how to help others through difficult times.