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    I am 16 years old and I been living in Florida for almost a year now. My dog passed right when we moved to Florida. I need help or reassurance or something, I strongly dislike living with my parents I want to start my own life and start my own adventure, but I want a good education and have a good life and not live on the streets like a druggie. I been doing online school to gradate early but its getting harder every day. My grades are slipping I'm getting more and more migraines every day. It's just getting hard I'm very antisocial and don't talk much. When I talked to my parents about my situation they just yelled at me "maybe if you get some friends you would not be so god dam depressed" is what my dad said. It's hard for me getting new friends though, I become like a nervous train wreck when I talk to people though. Earlier today my dad said "Why don't you runaway, just think about it". So I been thinking about running away but I don't want to taint my future of my actions now. I just need help I want to go to college but I cant focus on my education if I'm thinking about my emotions. This been going on for several months now so I know its not a mood thing. -Sorry for the big ramble and
    incoherent message I thought about calling but I thought I should save that when I do runaway.

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    Hi there,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you’ve been going through a lot lately. We are here to listen to you and see how we can help.

    It sounds like you care a lot about your education and your future. You must be very motivated to work to graduate early. Though it may feel like you don’t have many people to talk to about the way you are feeling, know that we are always here to listen to you. You can always call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) to ask questions about running away, or just to have someone listen to you.

    There also may be other people in your life you can talk to, even if it doesn’t feel like it. Sometimes a school counselor or a teacher is helpful to talk with, as well as a therapist. We are happy to connect you to a local, affordable therapist in your area if you are interested in pursuing that. Otherwise, sometimes another family member or other adult in your life can be that person for you.
    If you do decide to run away, we can refer you to a nearby shelter that you may be able to stay at, so you are in a safe place. Just give us a call and we can see what is around you. Know that running away is not illegal, but is a status offense. This just means that your parents can report you as a runaway to the police, and the police will return you home if they find you.

    If you do not thinking running away is the best option for you, there may be other things you can do to make your living situation better. Sometimes people find it helpful to find a part-time job or club to participate in to be away from home longer.

    Thank you again for contacting us. It sounds like you are a very thoughtful and considerate person and we wish the best for you. If you’d like to talk more, feel free to give us a call.


    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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