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    im 12 and in a rough situation. my parents are verbally abusive and occasionally physically. my mom has depression and i do too but im not diagnosed professionally, and i dont know if they caused it or if its hereditary. im sure i have it though. im too scared to tell them in case they yell at me or hit me. i want to run away. but i dont know where to go, who to trust, what to do. i live in ontario where you have to be 16 to move out but im not sure wht to do. i also dont want to report them because we have an emotional connection and when theyre not abusive, theyre kind. my sister is 18 and lives in a house near her university with her friends. she came back for quarantine but my dad was just yelling at her because he asked her a question and she kept repeating her answer which apparently wasnt good enough for her. im scared. please help

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    Hi there, thanks for reaching out today.

    Sounds like you are really going through it at home with your family fighting and being depressed. That cannot be easy to go through and you deserve to be supported.

    Unfortunately, we only have resources based in the U.S. so we do not know where is best to guide you to in your community. You might reach out to our Canadian counterparts, Kids Help Phone, Hopefully they can better direct you to the help you need.

    Best of luck,

    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
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