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  • #61
    I've been thinking about running away in only just a teen 13. I mean it's like my parents want me to be perfect when I cant. I'm not athletic i don't get straight A's and they help at me for it. I'm not nearly as perfect as my brother or sister so I just wonder why can't I be me. I don't w ant to be them i just want to be me unlike my parents. The thoughts are now so I pay for food water and shelter. I'm not sure what to do I just want some advice I guess.


    • #62
      My mom constantly takes my brothers side on everything. Im sick of it. Not only that but she calls me a ********** and a freak for not liking my brother, I cant live here anymore. My grandparents are weird and I've planned it all out so why shouldnt I go? I'm waiting till my 14th birthday and asking for money and my friend is letting me stay at her house away from here. I've talked to my friend and shes coming with me. So is my dog we both hate our lives. I"m really considering this. Thoughts?
      Last edited by ccsmod4; 01-23-2019, 01:40 AM.


      • #63
        Reply: My mom constantly takes my brothers side

        Hi there,
        Thank you for writing to us here at National Runaway Safeline (NRS).

        We understand it takes great courage to reach out, and we appreciate you sharing a little bit about what’s going on. You don’t deserve to be called names and it is not fair that this has happened.
        You are not to blame for your mother’s behavior.
        The situation has reached a level of frustration that has you feeling like leaving is one of your only options. We understand things can feel overwhelming and it’s hard to figure out what to do about it.
        We are here as support to help through this challenging time. You are welcome to contact us and talk in a safe environment about your situation. This might give you a chance to go over your plan or maybe explore some other options for change.

        We can best help by phone or chat as NRS is unable to respond more than twice by email to assist you. 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).
        You did a very good thing reaching out today.

        Take care,

        We hope this response was helpful! We’d love to hear from you about your experience using our crisis email/forum. Your feedback plays an important role in helping us improve our services to youth and families. Please click the link to fill out our survey: Your Opinion Matters to Us
        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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        • #64
          Hello there
          I am a fourteen year old girl who can not stand living in my area currently, my family is unbearable to live with and I can't take it much longer. I have thought about this for awhile, get money and go as far as I can with that money. When I do run out of money the area in which I did is where I would settle and possibly get a job.


          • ccsmod1
            ccsmod1 commented
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            Hey there,

            Thanks so much for contacting us, it takes a lot of courage to reach out and share your story. It must be really hard to live in a home with so much tension. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do.

            It’s important to consider all the possibilities that can occur if you leave home. You will need to plan out how you will cover basic necessities like travel, food, clothing, etc. You stated that you had intentions of getting a job - it may be difficult to do as a minor. If you have a place to go in mind, it’s good to see what the expectations of the living arrangement will be like; rules, the amount of time you’re allowed to stay, if you’re expected to contribute financially, etc. This can all influence your decision to leave.

            If you’d like to go over what’s going on in depth, or if you’d like to explore other options that you may have available to you, please don’t hesitate to call us at 1-800-RUNAWAY. You can also chat us by clicking on the “CHAT” button on top of our homepage. We’re open 24/7 and here to listen and support you in any way we can.

            All the best,

        • #65
          I am thinking of running away because my home life is so miserable. I have depression and my family doesn’t understand it and thinks I’m crazy. They are so mentally abusive and have made my depression skyrocket. Even though I have been working so hard on my own to get out of my depression... My family constantly knocks me down. They scream at me about everything.. They call my crazy, a liar, etc. We moved into a tiny RV with 4 people and 3 dogs and 4 cats, one cat being pregnant .. And I’m claustrophobic and slightly allergic to cats I just can’t breathe or move and I have constant panic attacks from all of the stress ... I want to run away but idk where to go or what to do .. But I feel like the stress is going to give me a heart attack.. please help


          • ccsmod15
            ccsmod15 commented
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            Hi there, thanks so much for reaching out today. Sounds like you are in a very stressful and small living arrangement. It must be very difficult to live in an environment where you are allergic to the cats and it is a small enclosed space, especially when your family is not supportive. Dealing with depression is hard, you must be very strong to do that! It also shows strength to reach out to us. You are very brave.

            Without knowing your age, it is hard to talk about options for leaving. We are not legal experts, but generally, 18 is the legal age when you can leave (in most states). Leaving before that, your parents may be able to file a runaway report, meaning if the police find you, they usually take you back home.

            If you are feeling unsafe where you are, contacting Child Help (1-800-422-4453, may help. They can provide support, as well as information on reporting any abuse (if you feel there is any) or getting custody transferred to a safe adult.

            Some other resources you may find helpful are the Crisis Text Line (text HOME to 741-741), or finding a local counselor or therapist. We have a database of resources if you call or chat, we can find some in your area. You can also find local resources at or by calling NAMI at 1-800-950-NAMI.

            We are here to listen and support you! You have shown so much strength and we are here to help you!

        • #66
          Im 12 years old and am thinking of running away. I am the type of person that stays closeted off to the world and keeps things in, but when i open up about my problems, they yell at me as if it was my fault, when it isnt my fault im bullied, and its either this or harming myself. I just dont know what to do! I feel so damn lone and nobody helps me


          • ccsmod2
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            Hello There,
            Thank you for reaching out to The National Runaway Safeline, we are here to help and here to listen. It sounds like you are going through a difficult time right now. You do not deserve to be bullied.
            We are not legal experts but if you were to leave home without permission your legal guardian does have the right to file a runaway report. If the police do find you they most likely would bring you home. If you do choose to runaway you can always call us and we can help you look for shelters.
            You also mentioned harming yourself, which can be dangerous. One option to consider is talking with your school counselor about what is going on. Another resource that may be helpful to you is call NAMI (national alliance for mental illnesses). You can contact them at 1800-950-NAMI.
            We hope this information will be helpful to you in your situation. If you have any other questions or would like to explore more options please give us a call. We are here 24/7 to listen and to provide support. Best of luck!
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