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  • Guest
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    Hi, I'm 13 and I've been debating on whether or not to run away for a while now.

    Of course throughout the years the thought has crossed my mind just when I'm imagining random situations but I never actually thought about really doing it until recently. I have researched things to bring and I even have a bag packed, a knife and pocket knife ready when I am, and all the cash I have. It's ready, though I still need to find a tent first. The only reason I haven't left yet is because of my family. I feel ungrateful and selfish thinking about this because I don't even have it bad at all. My parents are caring and make sure I am alright when they can, but I'm always really distant from them. My sister is also amazing, too, and we're even thinking about moving houses. Nothing's wrong at home or school or anything. I just don't feel like I can stay here any longer. I feel like I can't be myself when I'm here and like I need to find out who I am. I know I'm only 13 but I like being alone better. Next year when I'm 14 I'll be old enough to get a part time job. Until then I could just sometimes do things like mowing someone's lawn, some little jobs like that to get some money. I'm not talking about being LGBTQ+ when I'm saying I can't be myself. I don't know how to explain it, but I can feel it. Everyone says I look like my mom but I don't see it. I've always felt adopted, and if not adopted maybe that my mom cheated and that's why I still look like her. I don't think that she would do that though which is why I still feel adopted. I have Blonde curly hair while my dad has DARK brown, almost black, straight hair. My mom has a light brown hair color, and her hair used to be straight up until around her 30's when it got wavy. They also both have dark brown eyes while I have blue/grey/green eyes(they change color). My sister also has dark brown straight hair and brown eyes. Now you see part of the reason I think that. I've asked multiple times if I was adopted and they always say no, but I have never felt like I fit in with my own family. I've asked to take a DNA test and they always say no.I also think I have ADHD but I haven't been tested for it yet. My dad doesn't want me to because he doesn't think I have it and that it would be a waste of time. My mom may let me, but I don't know with my dad. It also seems like my anxiety has been getting worse. It's never really been a problem, just normal occasional anxiety over I don't even know what. But recently it seems to be getting worse and i don't know why. I just don't feel like I can stay here much longer. I don't know what to do.

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  • ccsmod15
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    Hey there, thanks for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline,
    It seems like you have been through a lot and that things at home have made your mental health issues come out more and be harder to manage. It seems like you are feeling like your mom isn’t being supportive of you through this difficult time and it’s understandable to feel like you need to get out of that situation.
    It seems like your mental health is your major concern and reason for feeling like home isn’t the right place to be. We recommend nami.org for more information about mental health issues and to find options for coping. If your suicidal thoughts continue or get worse there is also the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at suicidepreventionlifeline.org or at 1-800-273-8255. If you feel you are an imminent threat to yourself please call 911 for immediate help. We also encourage you to reach out to a therapist, or talk to your school counselor about these feelings.
    If you were to try and leave without letting your mom know then she may try to get the police involved by filing a missing person, or runaway report. You wouldn’t necessarily get in trouble but police could make you go back home. There would also be a chance that your friends’ parents could get in legal trouble for harboring a runaway as well. You may want to ask your parents if you can stay with your friend for a weekend or a week to decompress and get a break from them for a while.
    Hopefully these options give you a good place to start. If you just need someone to talk to about your situation, or have more specific questions you can reach out to our hotline at 1-800-786-2929, or use our online chat at 1800runaway.org.
    Good Luck,
    NRS.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    HI i wanna run away

    My mom and i have never got along and she has really been tuff on me latley my parents are divorced and my dad is remairred and we get along really well. I suffer from anxiety bipolar deprisson and sucidal thoughts i have been wanting to run away sence like the 4th grade every scince my parents moved my school.i think i might run away today to my friends house she said she will help me im really close to her family pleaseeee help me!!!

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  • ccsmod4
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    Hello,
    Thank you for writing to us here at the National Runaway Safeline.

    We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. We would like to be of assistance to you if we can. It is times like these that would be nice to have a listening ear. Good for you. What you have been experiencing sounds very unfair. You do not deserve to be treated this way by your parents. It’s not your fault that they behave this way. It sounds like you are going through a lot emotionally. Your feelings are important and they matter.
    It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care.
    You showed some by reaching out to NRS.

    You are deserving as anyone that wants to be happy.
    We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time. If you would like to talk about coping with your situation we are here to listen and here to help. We want you to know we are here to support you during this difficult time.
    We can best help by phone or chat so that we might learn a little more about your situation and how we might assist you.

    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).

    You did well by reaching out today. Good job.


    Take care,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I'm 12 and I want to run away form home because of major depression and anxiety, my parents mainly my mom is always judging the way I am and says I'm not trustworthy, although I don't lie I used to as a child, I dont feel safe at home anymore because I feel like they have eyes on me and I cant be alone, I'm scared.

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  • ccsmod0
    commented on Guest's reply
    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. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now. It sounds like you’re fearing that the situation may end in suicide if things don’t change. Your safety and well-being is important. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-TALK (8255); www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org is also a great resource to reach out to in addition to our crisis services.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. Suicide is a permanent solution to a temporary problem. This may be an isolating and lonely time for you, but you are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    NRS

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    People tell me since I’m so young and stuff I shouldn’t think about this type of stuff but I’ve wanted to runaway for a long time. I’m in 6th and I’ve been having suicidal thoughts and have wanted to run away since 2nd grade. My dad can be really mean and he corners me and grabbed me by the neck, I mean it’s nothing compared to the stuff other people are dealing with and I know I should just be happy like everyone says. I also have anxiety and have had on and off depression over the years. I just need someone to tell me what to do and how to feel.

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  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    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. It sounds like you’re quite overwhelmed by things at home right now and you mentioned being harmed. We’re sorry you’re going through this. You don't deserve to be hurt in any way. If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. You may also be able to report any mistreatment to CPS. Child Help USA 1-800-422-4453 www.childhelp.org is an organization that helps protect minors from being harmed. They can tell you more about how CPS could respond to your situation. If you ever need assistance calling out to CPS to make an abuse or neglect report please call is at 1-800-RUNAWAY.
    Often, having a safe space to share how you’re feeling may bring a variety of solutions previously not thought of. You are not alone in this. We want you to know that we are here as support to help you through this challenging time.
    If you would like to talk more in detail please chat soon through our website www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button) if you are unable to call in. We unfortunately cannot give advice as we are non-directive. You know your situation best
    We hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe,
    NRS

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Hi. My parents abuze me and hurt me andcall me names and think im ugly. Pls help.

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  • ccsmod2
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    Hello There,
    Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a really difficult time right now, and we want you to know that you are not alone.
    It must be hard to not have your parents support you in anything you do. Something to consider may be to find your support system in other ways. For example, talking to your other family members or friends for support. You can also reach out to us for support, we are here 24/7. Having depression and anxiety can be difficult to deal with alone and you do not have to. One option you can consider is talking with a school counselor about what is going on. Also you can contact NAMI (national alliance for mental illnesses). They can be reached at 1800-950-NAMI, they may be able to offer resources or referrals.
    We know you mentioned wanting to runaway we are not legal experts but we do have some information. If you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police were to find you they most likely would bring you back home. You could consider seeing if you could stay with a friend or a family member.
    We hope that this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
    NRS

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    I am 1 and want to runaway...
    my parents dont support me in anything and if i get something wrong they start to scream and shout at me, it scares me. I also have depression and anxiety but they dont know about that cause every time i try to tell them they laugh and say to stop messing around.

    what do i do???

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  • ccsmod16
    commented on Guest's reply
    Hi,
    Thank you for reaching out to us; we are glad that you did. It sounds like things have been very difficult and stressful for you having your sister bully you and now you have been diagnosed with depression. You don’t deserve to have been treated this way and we are sorry you’ve had to go through this. It isn’t right and it isn’t fair.

    It is understandable that you feel like running away from this situation is the only way to handle it, but we hope you’ll reach out to us by phone or chat to talk this over and help you find some other options. Because you’ve runaway 4 times before, there may be consequences to doing so again. If your are considered a chronic runway, that can be serious. Running away at any age is very dangerous, and especially at your age, which is why the police bring you home. We want to help you find a different solution because running away doesn’t look like it’s worked before and might be making things worse.

    The best way for us to help you is by listening to you and helping you to figure some options to help in your situation. We are here for you or the youth 24/7 either by calling 1-800-786-2929 or via live chat through www.1800runaway.org

    We are confidential and are here 24/7 to listen and help.
    Sincerely,
    NRS

  • ccsmod15
    commented on Guest's reply
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS,
    That seems like a really frustrating situation to have to be on eggshells with our stepfather, then be called names in Spanish by him. It’s understandable to feel like getting into a more supportive situation if you can. It also makes sense to want to stay for the support from your mom and siblings whom you seem to really care about.
    In the end the decision will be yours, we don’t know your situation as well as you do. Just because you go to your dads’ house wouldn’t mean you have to stop contact with your mom and other siblings. If your dad has at least partial custody of you then it shouldn’t be much of a legal problem with staying with him. Otherwise if your mom has full custody then she could file a runaway report even if you are with family. This would mean police would bring you back to her house.
    The other option might be to talk to your family and explain how hurtful your stepfather is being. They might have ideas on how they can be more supportive, or help you and your stepdad work on how he treats you. It might be possible to try and involve a family counselor in the situation to help mitigate any shouting matches.
    We hope these ideas are helpful. You deserve to have a safe and supporting household to stay in and feel comfortable at home. If you have more questions or just need someone to talk with please reach out to our hotline at 1-800-RUNAWAY or us our online chat.

  • Guest
    Guest replied
    Im 11 and going to be 12 may 23rd my sister is bullying me and i have been diagnosed with depression i want to run away and get away from all this stress ive ran away 4 other times and i have been in a police car they said next time i get the cops called on i have to go to jail im sad and i need you guys to help me i feel like no one loves me except my gf please help

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  • Guest
    Guest replied
    i'm 12 and i feel like running away because of my stepfather. I talk English and Spanish, but i am not really good at specking Spanish and because of that i get into lots of trouble with my stepfather. When i do something that i am not supposed to he calls me useless (in Spanish) and he calls me other things. I feel like that I can runaway from home and go with my dad, but i also can't because i love my mom and my siblings but everyday is the same and i will always get in trouble. What should I do? please help.

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