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  • I want to run away. I want to start a new life and just live outside of the system and be carefree and happy. I just turned 13 and I feel like I might be able to make some changes now. My reason isn’t as bad as others but I feel pressured and I can’t stand my mom. I have quite frequent suicidal and homicidal thoughts and it really really scares me. I’m not sure if running away while this whole quarantine thong is happening is a good idea but it’s honesty making the situation much worse. School is harder and my parents take my phone away frequently so I can’t contact my friends for support. But even when I do and tell them my situation they just give me “encouraging” words that don’t help at all so now I don’t tell them my problems cuz I keep getting the same answers over and over. I know my family cares about me but I don’t want to confront them about it because I know they’ll do the same things as my friends. I know that if I leave they will file me as missing and then I won’t be able to go anywhere without the fear of being turned in to my family. I just want to leave.


    • ccsmod2
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      Hello There,
      Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we understand it takes great courage to reach out and we are so glad that you did.
      It does sound like you are going through a difficult time right now. We understand you do not want to hear encouraging words. One option to consider is when talking with your friends or family tell them what you would like. For example, maybe you are telling them because you just need them to listen and not say anything or you would like advice on what to do. One option to consider is to speak with a counselor about what you are feeling. We know many schools are closed but some counselors are still meeting with students virtually. Another resource that may be helpful to you is called NAMI (national alliance for mental illnesses). They can be reached at 1800-950-NAMI. If you are feeling suicidal or homicidal you may want to consider talking to someone and they can help you get help. You can contact The National Suicide Prevention Hotline at: 1800-273-8255.
      We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call or chat with us. We are here 24/7 to help and to provide you with support. Best of luck!

  • I am 12 years old. I really have no problems at home but i want to run away to develop a sense of maturity and self liberation. and obiously to explore and brodden my horrizons. any advice?


    • Hi there,
      Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS). We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
      If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
      We hope to hear from you soon.
      Be safe, NRS
      Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

      National Runaway Safeline
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      • Hey I have been thinking about it for the longest time and want to run away from my Muslim family. Every day longer here is suffering for me, especially since im gay and confused about my own faith. Im homeschooled with a mom who belittles me and A dad who's never there but seems to hurt me every time by looking at him. Yes i get physically abused. I saved up a pathetic amount of money which is 16 dollars and have a shelter in mind but scared to go cuz I heard they call the parents. Once I leave I never wanna see there faces. I have tried sucicide many times but failed in a result of my family trying to point out my useless life. Im a 15 year old girl in which my grandpa likes to bring me downstairs and sexually touch me and I hate it so much. He always tries to touch me and when I tell my mom she's tells me to suck it in. Im sure while it looks like "love" between me and my mom. She's just trying to maintain a rep with the family.


        • ccsmod1
          ccsmod1 commented
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          Hey there,

          Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. It's not OK for you to be treated like this and you deserve to be safe, especially while at home. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

          You mentioned that you have tried suicide many times in the past. We care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time. You can also check out the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to helping LGBT teens, by calling 866-488-7386 or by going to

          Your safety and well-being is our top priority here at NRS and it's worrisome to hear that you are being abused physically and sexually. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: We can also help you to file a report if that’s the route you are considering. It can be really hard to deal with sexual abuse alone and sometimes it’s helpful to reach out to additional agencies for support. One really great resource for all survivors of sexual assault or abuse is RAINN (Rape Abuse Incest National Network). You can call them any time 24/7 at 1-800-656-4673, or go to to use their online hotline.

          If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

          We'd love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to support youth and families. Please click the link below to fill out our survey:

          Stay safe,