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    I’m failing college and there is a huge chance that my mother will disown me. She does not accept failures. My doctor diagnosed me with depression and suicidal ideation which is getting worse. I have no close friends or family. My first option was to commit suicide but I’m too weak to do it or there is still a part of me who wants to live. I was sexually abused three time since I was in elementary by different men. I didn’t tell anyone and now it’s making my mental illness far more worse every time I remember it. I don’t have any one to turn to. I don’t know where to get help. I’m scared of my mother finds out about my condition she will deport me back to our home country. It’s embarrassing and humiliating for me. And it’s make me feel like I’m worthless and guilty of being a failure. All I want to know is that if I ran away can my mother force me to come back with her?

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. We want to let you know that it takes a lot of courage to reach out and that you are not alone. Your life is valuable and you deserve to feel safe and happy in your life. If you are ever feeling depressed or suicidal, don't hesitate to reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255. They are there 24/7 to support and connect you with counseling resources or other things that you may need. We are also here 24/7 at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) to listen and support.

    You also mentioned sexual abuse in your past. You can also reach out to the Rape Abuse and Incest National Network (RAINN) at 1-800-656-4673 or if you want to talk to someone about your past experiences and get help starting to heal. You deserve support and not to feel humiliated or ashamed.

    We are not legal experts, but depending on your age, if you are 18 or older you would not be returned home because you are no longer a minor. If you want to look for alternative housing or transitional living programs we could also help you with that if you give us a call. We could also look up legal aid in your area if you are looking for answers about your specific situation.

    Good luck and stay safe,

    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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    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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