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  • I’m 18, and want to run away.

    So, I’ve been 18 since June, and I really can’t stand living at my family’s home anymore. They treat me horribly due to being the only girl in the household. They call me slurs (as I am LGBT and neurodivergent), horrible misogynistic things, gaslight me, and all around verbally abuse me. All they do is demean me, pick fights, and act like I’m the problem when I’m constantly provoked. This has been happening ever since I was a child, and has taken a toll on my mental health. I’ve tried taking my life before, and I feel if I stay here any longer I’ll actually go through with it. Every moment here is pure heinous torture. I need to get out. I was planning on escaping through applying to another college, but seriously, I can’t wait until August (that is if I even get accepted) and keep living here like I have been. Someone please help me, give me tips, I really just want to be on my own.

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    Hey there,
    Thank you for reaching out to NRS. We are glad that you are asking for help. It sounds like life at home is truly horrible for you and very harmful to your mental well-being. You deserve to be unconditionally loved and supported for the beautiful human that you are.

    Although we are not legal experts here at NRS, but since you are legally the age of an adult in most states (over the age of 18 years old), you are able to leave your parents’ home without parental permission. That being said, we can offer transitional youth shelters for you in your local area that would be able to get you away from home. If you call us (1-800-RUNAWAY) or reach out via chat at (click on the “chat” button), we’d be happy to provide those resources for you.

    If a shelter is not an option you would like, then perhaps consider if there is a trusted friend or family member that has your best interest and would allow you to stay with them.
    You mentioned identifying within the LGBT community and also experience suicidal thoughts, if you are ever seeking a supportive group of likeminded souls, perhaps try calling an incredible organization called The Trevor Project – phone number: (866) 488-7386 or website: There is also the 988 Suicide & Crisis Hotline, dial 988 on any phone. We care about your well-being and you deserve to be supported.

    If you do decide to leave home in the meantime, perhaps consider bringing along your valuable items if you decide to not return back home to your parents. So, if you are seeking a job once you move out, think about bringing along your ID’s, Birth Certificate, medical records, etc. If you take any medications, you may want to think about making sure you take what you have now and plan on how you will get it in the future. We are sure you already considered this, but just think about vital items you use on the daily that, if you were not to return home, they would be difficult to replace.

    We are here as support to help 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).

    If you are at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately.
    Be safe,

    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
    [email protected] (Crisis Email)
    1-800-RUNAWAY (24 Hour Hotline)

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