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    so I'm 15 and I've been living with my parents who I think are abussive. My father has problems with alcohol and my mom has a lot of mental health issues. I know they aren't her fault at all but it makes it hard for her to take care of me and my brother properly. My other brother used to be basically a parent and now he is in college. I've tried to step up to the plate but it's too much and very stressful. My dad can get very scary sometimes when he yells but hasn't hit me in a long time but it still scares me because he has in the past. I'm very privileged to go to the school I go to and I don't want to lose that. At the moment though I can't live in these conditions. I have a friend who I might be able to stay with but other wise no family. I just don't know what to do anymore. If anyone has any suggestions that would be super helpful. Thank you!

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    Re: 15 and I don't know what to do

    Hello There!

    Thank you for reaching out to us at the National Runaway Safeline. It sounds like you are going through so much right now with being at home. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time and are doing your bet to remain the strong person that you are. What you describes can definitely makes someone overwhelmed or stressed out.
    You mentioned that you are experiencing abuse, which in any form is not okay. It sounds like your parents aren't really able to care for you. You could possibly report this with child protective services by calling Child Help at 1800-422-4453 to get more information about this or you can always call us to talk more about this option or report with you or for you. Being taken away from the home is only one outcome that cps explores, but there are other things that the may be able to implement to create a better more safe home life for you.
    You mentioned that you have the support of a friend that you could stay with. You know your situation best and what will be best for you. Should you decide that you would like to go there, thinking of what your parent's reaction would be can help you make an informed decision. If you are leaving without their permission can mean they can get police involved. It is not illegal to do to so, but the police would be required to locate and return you home. Knowing this can help you prepare for your safety in the future. If you have the support of your parents, you may be able to live elsewhere with their permission.
    If you wanted to talk more about safety planning, coping skills, other options, or just to get additional support, please do not hesitate to live chat with us or call us anytime.
    Stay Strong,
    NRS
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