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  • #61
    i'm 17 and want to runaway

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    • ccsmod13
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      Hi there,

      Thank you for reaching out to us here at NRS. It sounds like you are thinking about leaving home. It seems there is a lot that you are faced with right now and you’re feeling like leaving is one of your only options.

      A helpful start could be to reach out to friends or family members who you might be able to stay with. Now, there can be some challenges to leaving home as a minor. The easiest way to leave is with your parent/legal guardian's permission. We understand that this can be very difficult to approach and not always possible. Perhaps a family member or another trusted adult can help you talk with your parent and advocate for your needs. If you decide to leave without permission, your parents can report you as a runaway to the police. Running away is not illegal, but it is a status offense. This basically means that your parents can ask police to return you home if they know where you are staying.

      We are here as support to help through this challenging time. 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); www.1800runaway.org (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,
      NRS

  • #62
    I'm 16 and want to move from Oklahoma to Canada to get away from my mom.
    She's completely unreasonable to me, and she somehow finds a way to stress me out every day. She's also an alcoholic and she and my dad smoke. Most of the time, my dad will side with her. Every time something about what she says or tells me to do stresses me out, it makes me want to leave more and more and more. I've even thought about suicide about a year ago. I've got a boyfriend online who lives in Canada and wouldn't mind me staying with him. My mom's heavily christian, and wants me and dad to constantly go to church, and she's threaten to abuse me and throw me out of the house if I come out as gay, even though personally I've decided to be pansexual. Please help. I wanna get out of here.

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    • ccsmod1
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      Hey there,

      Thanks so much for reaching out and sharing a little bit about what’s been going on, we know that it takes a lot of courage. It sounds like your mom's actions are creating a really stressful home environment. Running away is a big decision and it can be very stressful to figure out what you want to do. You mentioned that your mom has threatened abuse before. Absolutely no one deserves to be abused. If you are currently at risk of any danger or feeling unsafe, we encourage you to reach out to 911 or seek emergency assistance immediately. If any harm or abuse is happening at home, you have the right to report it. If you feel like this is an option you want to explore, you may find this website helpful: https://www.childhelp.org/child-abuse/.

      You mentioned that you were thinking about suicide last year, we care a lot about your safety, and we can help you find resources that can help you cope with these feelings. You do not have to face this alone, and there is so much help out there for you. If you are thinking about hurting yourself, the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

      Coming out can be a scary process since it requires a certain degree of vulnerability and holds a lot of uncertainty. Your bravery and resilience throughout this process is so admirable. You are not alone in this and the LGBT National Youth Talkline is a great resource that offers support for young people in similar situations to your own. The hotline is run by those that are familiar with the issues and experiences of those that are also a part of the LGBTQ community. You can reach them by calling 1-800-246-7743 or you can check out their website at gltbhotline.org. You can also check out the Trevor Project, an organization dedicated to helping LGBT teens, by calling 866-488-7386 or by going to thetrevorproject.org.

      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.

      Stay safe,
      NRS

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