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    I’m 18 and have been working recently trying to save money. Everyone says that my family is great and this and that, but that’s because they don’t know what happens at home. I feel trapped because they never let me do simple stuff such as hangout with my friends. They’ve verbally abused me and never listened to me when I was feeling suicidal. My mom forces me into her religion without hearing what I have to say. They always think I’m doing something wrong even when I’m working and trying my hardest. I had to quit my job because of them and I’m considering moving out, but find it very difficult because no matter how toxic they are I still love them and care for them. Depression is just craziness to them. I feel like I’m a huge disappointment and even if I try to do the right things nothing makes a difference. I admit I have made bad decisions because of how I feel. I’m feeling hopeless, I don’t know what to do. I need some guidance, but I don’t know where to get it from for free since I don’t have a source of income anymore.

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    Hey there,
    Thanks for reaching out, it seems like you are going through a lot in this decision making process and that it is causing a lot of stress. You don’t deserve to have your mental health belittled by your parents or forced to think in ways you don’t agree with.
    Since you are 18 you are more than likely considered a legal adult which means that you can move out if you want to and you won’t be considered a runaway. As a legal adult, you have a right to make your own decisions about where you live. We can help you make a plan for how to deal with your situation and help you find resources to land on your feet. Having a plan for where you will live and how you will survive once you move out can be very helpful. Moving can be a huge step, and you don’t have to be alone. Some steps you can take towards independence might be to find employment if you don’t have an income, or to save up money for moving expenses. It can also be helpful to research rents in your area, find a roommate, or make a budget. Another thing you might want to consider is what kinds of things you depend on your parents for currently such as tuition expenses for school, or health insurance, and whether they would continue to provide those things after you leave. There may be social service agencies in your area that can help meet some of these needs, such as Transitional Living Programs, a kind of shelter where young adults can live and get services to help them transition to independent living. We are here to listen and help however we can.
    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 hope to hear from you soon.
    Be safe and stay strong,
    Please remember you can reach us directly by calling our 24 hour hotline, 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or through our Live Chat.

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