Imagine if you could go back in time and know then what you know now. Wouldn’t it be great?

Over the last month, teens in care and care leavers from all over the UK have been taking part in our #dearyoungerme campaign by writing postcards to their younger selves. They’ve shared some wonderful, inspiring and heartfelt messages, words of encouragement, and advice – all the things they wish they’d have known earlier. Their messages touch on a wide range of themes, including relationships, confidence, stigma, education and mental health.

Here is a selection of the best postcards below around the theme of ‘confidence and standing up for yourself’.

There will be a lot of obstacles. Remember to always be positive and to not be afraid to put yourself first sometimes! Also, be a bit more vocal of what you want and never [give] up, you are strong.

You might have had a confusing past but you can have a normal future. You might have had bad times but you can be a good man. You might not be a high flyer, but you can still get off the ground.

Stick up for yourself and be yourself. Nobody can change who you are and it’s not wrong to be you.

I wish I thought before I spoke and believed in myself more.

Trust me when I say “If you shout loud enough you WILL be heard!”

Thank you to everyone who took part in this campaign. Join the discussion on Twitter and Instagram using #dearyoungerme.