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  • Should I contact CPS for my situation?

    Currently I am a fourteen year old living with their parents, both biological. Im worried because if i call CPS and im just over-reacting that things will get worse. But on the other hand, if I dont contact CPS im scared that my grades, my mental health & stabilty, and just overall safety are going to be compromised.
    My mom expects me to do literally everything. I understand that we live in a smaller house (a trailer) but she expects me to clean the entire house, everyday, without flaws. Mind you, I just started my freshman year of highschool and im struggling with covid and grades a lot. Which is another thing, my mother yells that im failing because im always on my phone, therefore she threatens to pull me out of school. The reason im not doing well is because I can not work at home and there not be some sort of difficulty. Between balancing chores, doing homework, attending meetings on days im not at school, and my mental disorders, its just not possible for me to not struggle. Ive gotten to the point where I just want out of this house. I feel like i cant live like this anymore. Its so mentally draining already, and when i try to tell a parent about it they just end up getting more verbally aggressive, passive-aggressive, or subtle gas lighting. A lot of this too are my mental disorders. I have been diagnosed with Tourettes, ADHD, Depression, Some sort of anxiety disorder, and a few other things which makes day-to-day life a struggle already.
    I honestly just need someones advice. I dont know what to do anymore, Im underage, my parents are always ¨perfect¨ around everyone else so most adults dont believe me. Im just really scared, I dont want to leave my state/school but i dont know how much more of this i can take.
    Sincerely, Fn.

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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out to NRS and sharing your situation. It seems like you have a lot of things going on and it’s understandable to feel overwhelmed by it all. You deserve support for your mental health from your parents and your school instead of added pressure. You don’t deserve to be yelled at and gas-light by your parents when they are expecting you to be free maid service and also keep your grades up with all your challenges.
    It’s possible that this would qualify as emotional abuse or neglect as your parents are not supporting your mental health. The tough thing about emotional abuse is that it can be much harder to prove and can rely on the case worker believing you over your parents. It might help to have a log of what your parents have said with dates as you best remember them or find another adult you trust to listen and vouch for you. For more information about child abuse reporting we recommend
    It might be worth talking with a school counselor and seeing if there is more support they might be able to provide. It seems like you have a lot of mental health challenges to being able to do school and things like that. One option for exploring ways to handle the mental health side of things is to visit
    Having a space to vent and explore options may often bring out a solution previously not thought of. We are here as support to help you and your friend through this challenging time. We can best help by phone or chat. If you would like to talk more in detail please call or chat soon.
    Our contact information is 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929); (click on the chat button).
    We’re here to listen and to help and hope you or your friend can reach out soon.
    Take care,
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