The Facts... without the Lecture

Responding to Pressure

You can be direct and say:

  • “No, I’m not doing it”
  • “I’m not into it”
  • “That’s not my thing”

Or don’t say anything:

Just walk away. You don’t have to explain to anyone why you don’t want to do something. That’s none of their business.


People that put you under pressure are often not your really good friends. If you feel pressured, you can talk to your good friend or friends, and they will stick by you.

You can always remind people that you are not stopping them from doing whatever they want to do.

People will respect you if you stand up for yourself. It will also make you feel good to be true to yourself.

Not going along with the crowd is a sign of maturity.

If you are feeling good about yourself you will find it easier to be your own person and not go along with the crowd. Read the Feeling Good section to get some tips.

Need help?

If you are under serious pressure to do something you don’t want to do, talk to your parents or another adult you trust. You can visit one of the services on the Support Services page. You can also call or email Childline 1800 66 66 66 or