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  • I wanna run away I'm 13 my grand parents his hitting me telling me to die or even telling me no one loves I need a safe place to stay

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      Hello, thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It is never okay for someone to hit you or verbally abuse you! You have several options and ways to get to a safe place. The first option would be talking to a trusted adult at your school (like a favorite teacher, or counselor) and let them know your grandparents are abusing you. This can be a scary thing to do, so if you want to take a friend with during the report, or write down what you're going to say ahead of time those are both things that can help. If you don't feel comfortable approaching someone at your school, you can contact the Child Help Line at 1-800-422-4453 and they can help you get child protective services involved. Usually this means an investigation will be opened, and if they find abuse or neglect in the home, they can remove you and place you in a safe place. This can also be a scary time, so please take care of yourself. You can also call us at any time at 1-800-RUNAWAY and we can talk about making the report, or make the report for you. It is not fair for your grandparents to say such horrible things to you. You deserve to be safe and wanted and happy. Please give us a call at any time, we are here for you 24/7. Best of luck and please stay safe.

  • Well I’m 11 almost 12 and I feel like I should run away, I just hate my parents and they hate me what can I do because I feel like running away is the best thing to do. But I Tryed looking up how to kill your family but that’s crazy. Sorry

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      Hello There,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, and sharing some of what’s going on in your life with us. We are sorry that you are feeling this way.
      We are not legal experts but we do have some information on the laws. If you do run away because you are a minor your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you back home. One option to consider is talking with a school counselor or a therapist about what is going on. Sometimes dealing with difficult things alone can be super stressful and it helps to have someone to talk to. If you ever feel like you’re in danger or in danger of harming someone else please call the police.
      We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any more questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • I’m 14 years old
    I want to run away cuz my mom and dad are so rude to me they call me names and hit me idk where to go when I do run away though cuz someone help me pls.

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      Hello, thank you for reaching out to us during this difficult time. It sounds like your parents are being verbally and physically abusive. We are sorry to hear you feel unsafe and unwanted at home. Nobody deserves to be abused. You do have options. One would be to report the abuse through a trusted adult such as a counselor or teacher at your school. Another option would be to contact Child Help (National Child Abuse Hotline) at 1-800-422-4453 and let them know what’s going on. It can also be helpful to start documenting the abuse (with time it occurred, take photos etc). We can also help you make the report if you feel comfortable enough to call us. Please stay safe and you can contact us at any time.

  • Hi I'm 12 year old girl. I suffer from depression and really emotion unstable. I dyed my hair and my dad got mad and ground me that sounds stupid but he was like I taking you back and dyeing your hair back and I didn't want that to happen so I text my mom side of the family to pick me up at my school and since I was really emotion unstable I was gpin him what every one was saying so I did run away from my dad for the weekend and my mom took it to from and took me to get a vpo on my dad and I didn't know what it really was so she keep on asking me question and my steobrother called my out like where's haley and my dad and his family where in a group chat And my dad said you guy are old but I'm bringing the belt back and that scared me and I was verbal abuses as a kid by my step mom and know o have to go to court friday about it and when you see court on tv or really scaring and I have to be there and I think I'm going to run away on Thursday and come back Saturday of I can I hate court someone save me

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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

      Sounds like you are in a really stressful situation and feeling like you need to run away to avoid court. It is understandable that you are feeling that way, court can be really intimidating along with everything else going on.

      If you have a supportive adult in your life like an extended relative or counselor/teacher at school you might let them know how you are feeling about court and your dad's threats. If you do not have a counselor, you might consider trying to ask your dad for one to address your depression. You deserve to get help when you are feeling depressed and emotionally unstable. You can always text NAMI to 741741 if you would like to talk to the National Alliance on Mental Illness about how you are feeling.

      It seems like you are set on running for a few days. Here at NRS, we are primarily concerned about your safety so we encourage you to plan around your safety every step of the way. It can be scary out there to be unaccompanied as a 12 year old. Please call or chat us if you would like us to look for shelter resources in your area 1-800-RUNAWAY; www.1800runaway.org.

      Be safe,

      NRS

  • Hi I'm 11 and me and my best friends are planning on running away to Canada is there a place we can go to stay the night?

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      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 as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email or bulletin for assistance. If you would like to talk more in detail and share more about how we can help specifically, please call or chat soon.
      You should know crossing international lines requires an adult escort as well as documentation of citizenship. In regard to finding a place to stay for the night, because you are 11, a shelter would need your parents' permission to allow you to stay the night. These are topics we can discuss if you reach out by phone or chat.
      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (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

  • I'm 12 and I want to be taken off my dad and have a new family. My dad, today, cornered me and kept on knee-capping me and badly bruised my leg, He says he wished I was never born and I'm a mistake. To be honest, I do feel like that is the truth. I'm tired of having mental breakdowns and self harming. I just want to physically tell my dad to f### off. Is there any way I can push for a new family? Or is it not possible... because if I dont find one soon. It's either suicide or I'm gonna go crazy.

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      Hi there, thanks for reaching out today. Sounds like your dad really hurt you today. It's not okay to say those things to someone or to hit someone. Your life has so much meaning and you deserve this.

      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.

      While you cannot generally ask for a new family, you do have the right to report about to child protective services if you would like them to investigate the abuse at home. 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. 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,

      NRS

  • I want to leave because I feel like I am a burden to my family and they would be happier. they could save money and i wouldn't be a bother to them. I absolutely hate myself and feel like I am useless. I want to run away but if I do I know it would cause more issues. what do I do

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      Thank you for reaching out to us. It sounds like you are in a very overwhelming situation at home. It must be very isolating to not have anyone to talk to about what you are experiencing. Although it may feel like it, you are not alone. We are here to support you through this challenging time. If you ever feel like harming yourself or others we encourage you to contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1800-273-TALK. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon. We are confidential, 24/7 and here to help! Stay strong and be safe!

  • I’m 12 but the reason I want to run away isn’t because I’m being abused physically or mentally, but they hit me with hurtful words like it’s nothing, I want to run away, lose weight in the way knowing how fat I am, planning on still attending school because I want to have a job when I grow up! That is a down fall if I really am going to one day run away, I’m planning on running away on Sunday...Which is tomorrow. I really do want to escape from my family, but I’m scared, What will happen if they find me? Or what about my friends?! I don’t want to be alone in a long time. But I also don’t want to be with my family that think,”oh because she smiles even though I'm telling her a bunch of words to break her heart, ITS O K!” Why?... Words can hurt more then punches, or even feel the same way..!

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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 great to hear that you have academic and career aspirations and are dedicated to fulfilling them no matter your situation. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

      We aren’t legal experts here at NRS, but generally speaking, if you do opt to leave your home your parents (or your legal guardian) can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If a runaway report is filed and you are located by the authorities you will most likely be returned home.

      It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. Living on your own can also bring about many safety risks. You will need to consider ways that you can protect yourself from physical harm as well as the possibility of sexual and labor exploitation. This can all influence your decision to leave.

      It seems like maybe your family doesn't realize how much their words hurt. It could be a good idea to work with a local family counselor or have a conversation mediated by a school counselor/social worker, trusted friend, or family member to help clear the air. If you'd like, you can also call us directly and we can conduct a conference call with your parents (or guardian) so you have a safe environment where you can express yourself.

      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.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

  • Hi I'm 12 to
    so my parents are divorced and I have an extra family now. This year at school is not going great the other day I got so stressed cause an essay was due and I just finished the beginning I ended up having a panic attack for the first time. Also, I just lost one of my two besties. I'm debating if I should run away or not I need in opinion. Does anybody else feel the same way?

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      Hello and thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry to hear that you are dealing with so much stress in so many aspects of your life. It is really mature that you are asking for help, though, as that is not an easy thing to do. We would be happy to assist you in any way that we can in figuring out what your options are. If you want to talk about what you can do and what would make you happier, please don’t hesitate to call us on our 24/7 confidential hotline at 1-800-786-2929 or chat us at 1800runaway.org.

  • I want to run away I have 80 bucks and I have no idea how should I run away I don't feel loved I don't feel like I matter and last but not least I feel like my family just takes me for granted

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      Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out.

      You mentioned that you’re 12 and are thinking about running away. It sounds like you’re going through a tough time right now, and we want you to know that you’re not alone. With that being said, we’re not legal experts but in most states anyone under 18 is considered a minor. If you were to leave your home without parental consent, your legal guardian can contact the authorities and file a runaway report. Whoever you end up staying with may face some consequences for harboring a runaway.

      An option you may explore would be to talk to someone at school, or another relative that you trust about your home situation. If there is abuse occurring, you can contact the Nation Child Abuse hotline at 1800) 422-4453. Child Help can access the situation at hand and if need be, file a child abuse report with initial contact after 48 hours. It’s hard sometimes when you feel like there is no way out, but there will be someone there to listen when you need it. You may also reach out to the National Alliance on Mental Illness and text directly with a certified counselor. You can do that by texting the word NAMI to 741741.

      We hope these resources and options have been of some help to you. If you want additional help. Or want us to each out to another organization on your behalf you can contact us 24/7 at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!

  • I just turned 12 and I also wanna run away, because of my: Mom, Grandpa, little sister and stepfather ( my lil sister Dad) My mom hates me, I know she does, she tells me that every day, she even threatened me with a knife. She hits me with a brown, sandals, belt, etc. Basically anything she can find. When I was in second grade (5 years and, I was 6) I was struggling, I needed extra help, so she would always "help me" and then I think I was stuck on a multiplication problem, she was getting frustrated because I wouldn't say the right answer and she was holding a calculator. I guess she got mad and all so she broke the calculator on my head. I have a little sister and brother. My younger sister would always get treated better than me and my youngest brother. She's so spoil, she cannot take no for an answer. She's so disrespectful and rude. She calls me name like the b word and more. I don't cuss, I promise my 18 year old aunt that I won't cuss (even though she do) but I don't. My sister is only 6, she literally just turned 6 but guess what? SHE HAVE A FREAKING PHONE. BIG PHONE. SHE WANTED AN IPHONE BUT I GUESS BECAUSE THEY KNEW FOR ONCE THAT SHE'S JUST A KID SO THEY BROUGHT HER A ANDROID AT THE MALL. My mom tells me every day that she wishes she never had me, she hate my dad so she hates me too.

    ​​​For my grandpa, I don't hate him, I don't hate anyone (Except my stepfather) I just don't like him. He always tell my mom what to do and he's always on my stepfathers side even though he's wrong. My stepfather call my mom names, like every bad things you can think of. He accuse my Mom of cheating (she don't) He doesn't hit her like punching and slapping but he always pull her wrong and grab her wrong. Even though my grandpa know he still won't let my mom leave him. My grandpa is crazy, he compare me and my aunt to everyone, literally everyone. He says we will never be anything, he calls us all the bad names in the whole world. Everytime our friends come over he thinks it's because we're smoking which we don't. I have this one friend that come home with me every day after school due to her mom and step-dad working late. So she's always at my house during the weekdays until 6 or 7. She's the sweetest person you'll ever meet in the world but they always talk bad about her like they know her or something. They even say if I'm friend with her, I'll become a drug dealer because she's white, she's not even white, she's from Mississippi. They're
    so racist.

    My little sister
    I really dislike her, they think I hate her because we don't have the same dad but that's not it. Its her attitude, she's only 6 but she's ruder than Bhad bhabie. She calls me name but if course no one believes me except my aunt because my sister is rude to her too. (Me and my aunt are like BFFs, we're 6 years apart) Things always go her way. And people I hate the most in the world: Liars, Fake, Rude, Ignorant, and spoil etc. SHE'S ALL OF IT.

    MY STEPFATHER
    HE NEVER LIKED ME FROM THE BEGINNING.
    HE NEVER TREATS ME LIKE HIS DAUGHTER OR EVEN A Step- daughter. HE'S THE UGLIEST HUMAN BEINGS I EVER SEEN, NOT BECAUSE OF HOW HE LOOKS BUT HIS ATTITUDE TO BE IF I CALL ANYONE UGLY IT'S BECAUSE OF THEIR ATTITUDE. HE HATES ME AND I HATE HIM. HE'S USING MY MOM BUT SHE CAN'T SEE IT. MY MOM DON'T EVEN LIKE HIM. HE'S ALWAYS TAKING HER MONEY.

    ​​​​​​

    I'm thinking of doing anything crazy because I think what I'm going through is part of my mission in this life. But I also don't wanna live with them anymore. I really hate living here. But I'm also grateful because there's some kids out there who doesn't have anything.


    I just needed to get this out of my chest.

    Thank you. Have a nice day.

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      Thank you for telling us your story and reaching out. It can be difficult telling others what has happened to you and you are very strong for doing so. Family can be difficult and managing situations like this can be hard, but you don’t have to do it alone. We are glad to hear that you and your aunt get along well and it sounds like she provides you with support when you need it. You mentioned some scary things that your mom has done to you, we want you to know that no one deserves to be abused, and you should not have to go through that. If you haven’t already, you could consider reporting the abuse you’ve been experiencing. If you want more information about abuse reporting or if you want to file a report, you could call Child Help at 1-800-422-4453. The National Domestic Violence Hotline could also be a helpful resource for your mom if you feel like she is being abused. They can be reached at 1-800-799-7233.

      It sounds like you have been dealing with a lot of stress at home and sometimes having someone to talk to outside of your aunt could be helpful. You can contact the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to connect you to mental health resources at 1-800-950-6264 or NAMI.org You may also want to talk to your school because they should have a counselor for you. We are also available 24/7 If you would like to share more. Please feel free to call our hotline at 1-800Runaway (786-2929) or use our live chat. We hope this information was helpful and take care.

  • im 12 and I wanna runaway my mom has been abusing me since I was 7 or 6 and my dad has to my mom has been saying that shes going to kill me and she has also said that she doesn't care about my depression and that she doesn't care if I leave the family and I want to runaway because I don't feel safe I have done self harm and she didn't care she ignores me all the time because of her stupid ass phone I just want to run away I feel like a prisoner I would give you each detail of whats been going on since I was seven buts it very long so I can't but I'd love to I just want to runaway I dont feel safe where I am......

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      Hello There,
      Thank you so much for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, and sharing a little bit of your story with us.
      It seems like you have dealt with a lot in the past few years which must be difficult. You do not deserve to be abused and we are sorry you are dealing with that. You have the right to file an abuse report and there are a few options to do that. One option would be to contact Child Help at: 1800-422-4453, and they can help with an abuse report on your behalf. Another option would be to talk with your school counselor and they would be able to make an abuse report. Another option would be to call us and we can help make an abuse report. If you ever feel like you’re in immediate danger please call the police.
      We are not legal experts but you mentioned running away and we do have some information. If you were to run away your legal guardian could file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you back home. Because you mentioned abuse they may do an investigation to see if home is safe for you. You could consider seeing if you could stay with any friends or family members.
      We hope 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. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. We wish you the best of luck!
      NRS

  • I am 13 and want to run away my dad mentally abuses me and on occasion he physically abused just tonight I wanted to commit suicide cuz I couldn't take it anymore so I really do hate to say this well I'm running away no matter what so is there a place for me to stay where I can continue my education and not brought back home I hate it here my dad treats my sister so badly and most of my time here is spent with my autistic brother who when he gets angry if there's a big fit and starts to hit me I just can't take it anymore my bags are already packed can I plan to leave after school ends I want to get out of here so badly so there's anything you can do please help me not to mention I struggle with weight problems I try and try but it just won't go off I have really bad anxiety and I've had depression which everybody around me says it's just fake and I'm just feeling sad but I know it's depression because there has been multiple accounts that I have thought about suicide and my suicide notes so please help me whatever you can do please help me

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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. It is also important that you remember to exercise self- care. You showed strength by reaching out to NRS. Good for you. It sounds like it has been very difficult for you. You do not deserve to be abused by your father. Your feelings are important and they matter. It is not your fault that this is happening. There are services that are set up to protect minors from abuse. If you would like to report any child abuse to so contact Child help 1800-422-4453 or you can go to a teacher or counselor at your school for help.
      Running away is a big step so it’s good that you are trying to be safe about it by asking for help with a safe place to go.
      Sometimes when things seem like they are getting too much to handle it might help to talk with someone about it.

      NRS is here to listen and here to help.
      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 it might allow us to explore some options with you.

      Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); www.1800runaway.org (click on the chat button).
      You were very brave to reach out to NRS. Good for you.

      If you feel at risk or in danger we encourage you to reach out for emergency assistance by dialing 9-1-1.

      Take care,
      NRS

  • I'm 13 and I want to run away


    My dad mentally abuses me and my sister every day he calls his knotheads and how stupid we are and how our lives are just going to waste and how I'm not doing anything to pick my career and I am 13 years old and from here and now he's sometimes physically abuses me I'm running away there's no stopping me already have a bag packed I'm waiting for the school semester to end so I can continue to get an education and then my life without these people in my life I tried to commit suicide tonight because I almost couldn't take it I have really bad anxiety and people saying what I try and explain that I have depression that I'm just sad that you say I'm fake because I said but deep inside I've thought about killing myself so many times there's no stopping me from running away I have a hard life here I just want to get out of it not to mention my sister is rude to me today she poured water on me just because I wouldn't get up and clean her dish and she ignored me every time I speak to her this morning she almost refused to take me to school my mom she's out all night I've pleaded with her to get a divorce from my dad but she doesn't listen and not to mention when I was younger I was neglected and I have an autistic brother who when he gets angry he hits me but it doesn't hurt that much he's only five so all I need is a place to stay please I'm begging you help me I'll do whatever it takes I'll do everything it takes matter of fact I want to leave this all behind and start over new I don't care if I have to live in a shelter until I go to college I just want to go and if you ask me how are my parents going to react I'm telling you now if I get brought back home after I ran away I may never see the light of day again so and my father has threatened to kill me if anything happened to my younger brother he really doesn't care about me most of the time I spend alone with my younger brother well he sits back in his room playing kids gamer or sleeping this is my last chance of Hope if I don't get it I'll do the other option which I really don't want to do I want to see how my life goes but if it comes to it I'm going to kill myself please whoever reads this help me

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      Thank you for reaching out to us. 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.
      You also mentioned some things that raise concern for your safety and well-being. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. We are not experts on the issue, but generally once it's been reported, social services will either decide whether or not to take the case and further investigate. If they do take the case, they will send out someone from child protective services to do an investigation (interviewing people in the household) and from there they will decide the level of danger within the household. It generally ranges from no danger (the youth stays in the home, some services are given, and the case is closed), moderate danger (they will provide family services with possible temporary displacement) and high danger (they will remove the youth from the home and offer certain services). 18 years old is generally the age that an individual may leave home without permission from their parent or legal guardian. We are not legal experts here but we can speak in general terms. If you are under 18 and leave home without permission, your parent/guardian may file a runaway report with the police. What actions the police take once you are filed as a runaway can vary a lot from state to state and even city to city so we cannot predict exactly what would happen in your case. Generally speaking, if you encounter a police officer while reported as a runaway, you will likely be returned home. One way to find out the laws in your area is to call your local police and ask what their policies are regarding runaway youth. Please be safe and reach out soon by phone or chat so that we may help.
      Take care.

  • im also 12 and i want to run away but i dont really have anyone to run away with. i dont really know what to do, my parents love me but i just dont like them and i want to just leave

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      Hello! Thank you so much for reaching out.

      You mentioned that there is nothing wrong with your parents, and that they love you very much, but you just don’t like them and want to leave. It sounds like you’re going through a difficult time right now, and we want you to know that you’re not alone. With that being said we aren’t legal experts, but in most states anyone under 18 is considered a minor. If you were to run away your legal guardians may contact the authorities and file a runaway report. Whoever you end up staying with may face some charges for harboring a runaway.

      If you feel like there is any abuse going on in the home, you can always contact the National Child Abuse hotline at 1800) 422-4453, and file a child abuse report. Once filing the child abuse report, a case worker will be in contact with you within 48 business hours. Along those same lines, sometimes it may be hard to process any whatever it is that is making you want to run away, and there are counselors out there that can help you process those feelings. For example, you can actually text with a counselor through an organization called the National Alliance on Mental Illness. You would text the abbreviation NAMI to 741741. The counselor should be someone that you confide in, and if necessary they may refer you to resources in your area.

      We hope these options and resources may be of some use to you. If you need additional help or want us to reach out to an organization on your behalf, you may reach out to us 24/7 at 1800) 786-2929. Best of luck!
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