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    My family often makes me feel like I'm completely useless. I've moved so many times, I don't really have friends. I'm great at school but I can never seem to keep my grades up; my parents don't stop talking about how disappointed they are in me. I've been depressed before (diagnosed by a doctor) and I can't ever seem to find light in much. I never see my dad, but when I do, he only complains about how I'm not like my brother and how I won't accomplish much in life. My mom tells me I should just drop out of school or look for 2 year colleges because I'm not smart enough to get into a 4 year. I just want to leave and disappear on a daily basis. I go to school and I want to go home, I go home and want to go anywhere but there. I don't have much to love or much that I'd be leaving behind but I'm scared of leaving because my parents would freak out and somehow they would find me. I don't know what to do anymore. Please help.

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    re: Worthless 16 year old girl

    Hey there,

    Thank you for being able to reach out to us here at the National Runaway Safeline, it seems like you are going through a pretty tough time at this point in your life and we want you to know that we are here to listen and to help you in the best way we can. It is very brave of you to be reaching out and asking for help. You are not worthless and you do matter, you seem like you are an extremely smart and courageous person.

    From what you shared, it seems like you are going through a really stressful time. Have you considered going to see a counselor or a therapist about how you have been feeling? If this is something you would want to do or would want to get more information on, please feel free to reach out to us. We have a large database with referrals to counseling and therapy agencies throughout the nation.

    Unfortunately, we are not here to tell you what to do and we do not tell youth how they can run away. We are here to rather explore some options and try to figure out another way to handle your situation. Perhaps you can consider using our conference calling service, this is a service where you would call us and we would hold a conference call between you and your parents to talk about how both sides are feeling. We would serve as mediators, we are not here to necessarily choose sides but rather help come up with a solution that would make the situation at home better.

    You mention that you want to run away from home, there are some things that you might want to consider before you do, we have listed some questions below so you can brainstorm through some thoughts:

    What else can I do to improve my home situation before I leave?
    What would make me stay at home?
    How will I survive?
    Is running away safe?
    Who can I count on to help me?
    Am I being realistic?
    Have I given this enough thought?
    What are my other options?
    If I end up in trouble, who will I call?
    When I return home, what will happen?

    We hope that we were able to help you explore some options and think about what you really want to do. If you have any further questions or if there is anything you specifically want to talk about, please feel free to reach us directly at 1-800-RUNAWAY, we are available 24/7 or to reach out to us through our chat service which is available every day from 4:30 PM to 11:30 PM CST. We wish you the best of luck in whatever it is you decide to do and hope to hear from you soon.

    Stay strong,

    NRS
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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