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  • Im 16 and i need change.

    My birthday is in March of this year, I will be turning 17. I hate my life at home. My mother has completely beaten me down and destroyed my mental health. I never see my dad since he's always at work but, he still manages to hate me in the little time i do see him. My parents want to throw me into a mental hospital or military school just to get rid of me "legally". We've tried everything. They've sent me to rehabs (no i am not an addict), we've been to individual and family counseling, i've been to the hospitals, ive been out of school for 12 weeks on a "medical leave" to try to work things out. I've called DCFS but my mom gets incredibly pissed when i do and they don't seem to be doing anything about it anyways. A few days ago my mom tried to put me in the hospital and i walked out of the house so she called the police. I've run away for a few days before but nothing permanent. This time I'm planning on leaving in the middle of the night to my friends house and then having them uber me to the train station, take a train to chicago, and hop on a flight to canada or the UK. And i know that i have to leave immediately before im put on the no fly list. I have enough money to do whatever, but, I don't want to get caught until I'm at least 17 or 18. I'm still slightly on the fence too tho. My only friends are here, and i love them but I dont get to ever see them and i barely get to talk to them anyways. I care about my education and i don't want to be truant but my education doesnt really matter if i kill myself because i cant take this crap anymore. If i stay in canada or the UK until im 18, I wont be a runaway anymore and maybe i can start a new life there. My mom always claims if im perfect and follow all the rules and always have a smile on my face, things will get better at home, ill stop "ruining everyone" and maybe i can have a "normal teenage life". I dont even think i want to have a normal teenage life with her in it.

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    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. 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. It seems you want to know some information on runaway laws.
    While we are not experts on the law, 18 is generally the age that an individual may leave home without parent permission. If you are under 18 and leave home, your parent/guardian may file you as a runaway and you may be returned home. Also, those you stay with may run the risk of being charged with harboring a runaway. For more specifics on the law, the local non-emergency police or legal aid may better answer legal questions.
    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); (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
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