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    My boyfriend has been struggling a lot lately with mental issues. Tomorrow he was finally supposed to be seeing a mental health specialist and it seemed like things were looking up, but he just told me he's really thinking about running away after the appointment. I thought getting help was what he wanted, so I'm really scared and at a loss. He has serious issues with his dad, but as far as I know he's been allowed to stay at his mother's for the time being. I feel terribly out of the loop. I told him I could not run away with him or enable him in anyway (though he didn't ask) and begged him to talk to me. I only want to help. I told his parents and my mom that I would be honest with them about his whereabouts and all, but I feel like if I tell anyone now, things will get worse and he'll run away for sure. But if he runs away, i'll be at fault for not saying anything. Please please I need answers fast, he just told me this 10 minutes ago through text.

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    Re: My boyfriend says he wants to run away TOMORROW

    Hi there!

    It sounds like you and your boyfriend are going through a lot and reaching out to NRS is a great first step. Something that might be helpful is to try and figure out exactly what is making your boyfriend think about running away after his appointment tomorrow. If he won’t tell you, it might be helpful to figure out someone he trusts like a teacher, relative or family friend. You might also ask your boyfriend if he has a plan for running away, including a safe place to stay and a way to support himself. Asking these types of questions will help give you a better idea of how seriously he is considering running away, as well as help your boyfriend decide if he is actually prepared for the realities of running away. You might try encouraging your boyfriend to call us here at National Runaway Safeline to provide him with an opportunity to discuss everything that’s going on. If your boyfriend is thinking about running away, but isn’t sure where he will go, he can look for a National Safe Place (http://nationalsafeplace.org/), which can provide access to immediate help and supportive resources. It also sounds like you are handling a lot of this situation on your own and it can be important for you to identify someone you trust to speak with as well – our number is always an option for you as well!

    Best of luck, NRS
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