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    Hi, I'm (female) 16 years old and I need a little help. I've been planning to run away for about a month now, but I'm having some trouble; I just moved to a brand new state and I barely know anyone. The people I would need to stay with are around three hours away from me, and I'm not really sure what the best method of transportation would be considering that I'm a little wary of hitchhiking. The state I'm in considers me an adult at my current age and law enforcements would only be able to take me home once. I don't want my parents to freak out, and I really don't want to cause them anymore pain even though I know this will. Money is very tight and I know I will not go anywhere with this family, so I am taking off on my own initiative. I have absolutely no money to speak of because I couldn't get a job without a state ID. I just cannot handle my mothers bipolar ness and my fathers complacent ness with unhappiness. I am leaving to be free from this life. I have a sister I love very dearly and would like to contact her about this, but I'm not quite sure how to go about doing it... Should I? I would also like to bring into light that I do not feel unloved or unwanted; I just want to be free. Thank you.

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    Thank you for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.
    It sounds like you have a lot going on at home and that you are considering running away.
    We're sorry that things seem to be tough for you. How have you been taking care of your feelings?
    It sounds like you might have friends that are supportive.
    Good for you.

    Your safety is important so when thinking of transportation please remember that hitchhiking can be very dangerous.
    That being said we understand that situations can become frustrating and stressful, however it sounds like you have some mixed emotions about leaving. What would make this decision easier?

    It is very considerate of you to think about your parents feelings and the affect your leaving home may have on them.
    It's also very good of you to think things through because even though you feel the situation you are in may not be the best one it's one that you have learned to survive in.

    It must be very tough trying to cope with one parent being ill and frustrated with your dads complacency.
    Even though things may be difficult you stated that you do not feel unwanted or unloved.
    That's so very good.

    It's okay that you feel that you want to start a life on your own. Is running away your only option?
    It sounds like you might be close to graduating high school or maybe you already have. Are there any plans for you to continue your education?
    Perhaps you might explore going away to college or maybe speaking with your sister about a possible visit. How does that sound?

    We would like to offer you a listening ear and a chance to explore any other options that might be helpful to your coming up with a plan to be independent.

    Call our 24hr crisis line at 1-800-Runaway (786-2929) or visit for our live chat service. NRS live chat is available from 4:30pm until 11:30pm (CST).

    We hope that things work out for the better.
    Thank you again for contacting the National Runaway Safeline.

    Take Care

    Last edited by ccsmod4; 09-24-2014, 07:08 AM.
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