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  • 13 years old and running

    I cannot stand being at my house with my family. It feels like I'm in a cage that just keeps getting smaller each day. I cut my wrists and thighs daily but my parents don't know about it. I'm really close with my friends and I'm just wondering sometimes when I'm being a danger to myself If I could go to their house without my parents knowing. They wouldn't let me go without a good reason and I can't tell them anything. Anyway, I'm scared that he would get in trouble for letting me stay at his place (he's like a brother to me and already knows what I do).

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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 into a home where you feel like you’re trapped.

    You mentioned that you cut your wrists and thighs. 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 Hotline could be a good resource for you. You can check them out at, or you can call 1-800-273-8255 for help and support any time.

    It’s great to hear that your friends support you. If you do opt to leave your home your parents can file a runaway report, which is essentially a missing person report. Running away is a status offense; this means that it isn’t illegal, but it’s something you can’t do while still a minor. If you go to stay at a friend’s house without prior permission from your parents, your friend (depending on the age) or their parents could be charged with harboring a runaway, which is a misdemeanor. Penalties for harboring a runaway vary from state to state, police officer to officer, and how your parents view the situation.

    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,
    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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