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  • Response to the 12 year old who is considering running away

    Due to a technical issue, we have accidentally deleted a post written by a 12 year old who was considering running away because of their parent's constant fighting. They wrote in that they are worried about their parents being divorced and if that would be difficult for their younger brother. Unfortunately we have lost your original post, but will do our best to address the issues which you shared.

    The situation that you’re describing sounds really overwhelming. It’s scary when parents fight, especially the kind of big fights that you’re referring to. But it’s great that you have people in your life that you care about, like your brother, and it’s smart to reach out for help when you are dealing with something difficult.
    First of all, if you are dealing with thoughts of suicide, you can reach out to the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255. This website might help too: http://www.youmatter.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/ You should not have to deal with that on your own.
    One thing to consider is finding someone to talk to who can support you. It might help to find an adult who can be in your corner, and who you can share your feelings with so you don’t have to face them alone. That could be a therapist, or you could think if there’s anyone in your support network who could do that: people at school, or other relatives. At NRS, we have a database of free or affordable resources, and could help you connect with a therapist.
    Another angle to think about is how to communicate with your parents. Based on what you’ve shared, it may be that they don’t know how their actions are affecting you. It might be worth exploring if there’s a way to talk to them about your fears without conflict. That could include family counseling as well. We could offer you resources for that as well.
    You can call us 24/7 and we are totally confidential. We can also help talk through what your biggest concerns are, and what next steps you could take. But thank you for reaching out.
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat which is open every day from 4:30p to 11:30p CST and can be accessed here:
    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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