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If you are in danger call 911 IMMEDIATELY !!!!!

Tell someone, ANYONE that is OUTSIDE of your situation and ASK FOR HELP.
Be honest.
Be direct and tell tell tell everything hurtful that has happened to you so that the person has all the information to get them to take ACTION to STOP hurting you.

Runaway – If you or a friend are thinking about running away
-National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.nrscrisisline.org
-National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000http://www.1800runaway.org

National Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-442-HOPE (4673)
AND Other Youth Crisis Hotlines >>>

#1 Cause of death ages 10-24 ACCIDENTS
#2 Cause of death ages 10-24 HOMICIDE
#3 Cause of death ages 10-24 SUICIDE

Sixteen young people are murdered on average each day in the United States. Homicide is the second leading cause of death of young people between the ages of 10 and 24, only trailing unintentional accidents. That’s more lives lost than from cancer, HIV, heart disease and suicide combined.

1) If you are in an abusive situation, including rape, molestation, verbal, emotional, or physical abuse, bullying, if a parent is being abused, whatever is wrong at home that makes you feel like you want to run away, the first step you need to take to change your life for the better is to FIND A SAFE PLACE TO LIVE where there are resources to help you become successful and happier with less stress. There are shelters that are set up for only females or only males that are SAFE and where there are people who know about and have been through situations similar to yours so you won't feel so alone and you can find more and more resources to help make your life better.

Going to a friend's home where there are two parents in a loving relatively happy/"normal" family is the BEST option.
Going to a shelter for the same sex as you are is your next best option.

This solution does not have to be permanent and it likely won't be anyway. This will be a transition safe place for you to get your bearings and figure out your next steps.

2) Make an action plan once you are in a safe place that offers you hope and peace and guidance for healing and growing.

3) Take at least one step every day toward your action plan.

4) Do stuff you enjoy and by this I mean healthy hobbies that make you feel good about yourself and your life.

5) Read and listen to everything you can get your eyes and ears on about changing your life for the better. If your issues revolve around abuse, then learn about abuse so that you CAN protect yourself from people in the future preying on you. Learn techniques to see right through users. Whatever your particuluars are, find topics to learn because KNOWLEDGE IS POWER.

6) Build up your skills. Learn as many talents and skills as you can and want to because life is all about that. It gives you strength in confidence as well as financial opportunities by way of work and hobbies that pay you back, like art, music, teaching, etc. :0)The earlier you learn skills, get and keep a steady job, the more money you can make to be independent and pay bills, like having an apartment, ideally owning a home of your own, a quality car that runs and lasts, etc. the better off your life will be FOREVER.Once you are safe and stable, the most rewarding thing you can do is volunteer your time and the extras you have to others who used to be in situations like yours, so that they too can get out too.Society needs help and it comes one person at a time! 7) Go to counseling continuously for years. Counseling gives you a person to talk to, get advice from, and help you who is paid ONLY to do that FOR YOU! Counseling is a wonderful opportunity for you to learn the healthy behaviors that most people don't ever get to see in real life. Your counselor is kind of like a good friend who is educated and trained for years TO HELP YOU. Plus, people that go into counseling usually WANT to help their patients. If you get a bad egg or if you don't feel like you like your counselor, simply choose a counselor you do like as a surrogate friend to talk to about your life, what you think about, your relationships with people that are in your life, and anything you have issues with.The MORE of a support group of adults who are in help fields with resources to help you, the better off you will be. Your network should consist of at least 5 different adults from 5 different companies that you trust. This way, you have 5 different sets of advice so that you can make your own decisions based on good advice from reliable, intelligent, good people. This also goes for your "real life friends." You should have at least 5 different people whom you trust that you can talk to and get advice from and help you live a good, healthy, happy, life. Perhaps at least 2-3 people your own age, 1 teacher/administrator/guidance counselor/coach/minister/group leader you trust, and 1 family member or trusted adult who doesn't relate to your school if you don't have family you can rely on.

We know that growing up today isn’t always easy. Sometimes you just need to talk it out. Getting help is Strong and we ALL need help sometimes. Don’t fall for the line that asking for help is “weak.” Instead, stand for something strong! When we hurt inside, it’s easy to hide our feelings. You might even feel like there’s no one to talk to and no one who cares. THAT’S NOT TRUE! … but YOU need to take the first step by asking the question: “Can someone help me?” Listening to your feelings is the best way to know if you need help. On this page, you’ll find numbers and good connections to people who care and want to listen to you. These are people you can trust. You don’t even need to tell them your name unless you want to. Phone Numbers to Call National Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-442-HOPE (4673) Talk to someone NOW – A safe place to talk about the problems in your life
-National Youth Crisis Hotline: 1-800-442-HOPE (4673) (24 hour/7days) Suicide – If you or a friend are thinking about hurting themselves
-National HOPELINE: 1-800-SUICIDE (784-2433) Drugs and Alcohol – For help with a drug or alcohol problem
-National Drug Abuse Hotline: 1-800-662-4357
-Narcotics Anonymous: 1-800-479-0062 Runaway – If you or a friend are thinking about running away
-National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.nrscrisisline.org
-National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000 Rape or Sexual Assault – What to do if you have been assaulted or just to talk
-National Sexual Assault Hotline: 1-800-656-HOPE or www.rainn.org Relationship Violence – To talk to someone about violence in your relationship
-National Teen Dating Abuse Helpline: 1-866-331-9474 OR www.loveisrespect.org
-National Domestic Violence Hotline: 1-800-799-SAFE (7233) To report any crimes or suspicious actions:
-Contact your local POLICE DEPARTMENT
-For Emergencies Call 9-1-1 Anti-Drug
gives stories, facts, and what you should know about the risks and signs when using drugs. Anti-Violence
promotes anti-violence, learn how to stop hate Girl Power
website made just for girls. PARENTS OF KIDS AT RISK, Call 1-800-RUNAWAY


There is no typical runaway. There is no typical phone call to our hotline. There is, however, information that helps us determine trends and the types of experiences youth and families face. The National Runaway Switchboard has comprehensive data and statistics resulting from the more than 100,000 annual calls to its call center, and facts and figures from third-party resources. Click on the appropriate link below to access the information relating to runaway and at-risk youth and their families. NRS Research Oversight Committee (ROC) is accepting applications for research projects to analyze NRS caller statistics.

Wanted: Researchers to Analyze NRS Data

http://www.1800runaway.org >>> Runaway – If you or a friend are thinking about running away
-National Runaway Switchboard: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929) or www.nrscrisisline.org
-National Runaway Hotline: 1-800-621-4000 Click here to watch our webinar on the long-term effects of running away from home.
National Runaway Switchboard Keeping America’s runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets. Between 1.6 and 2.8 million youth run away in a year. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teenager who is thinking of running from home, if you have a friend who has run and is looking for help, or if you are a runaway ready to go home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you care about a youth and want information on how you can help someone who may be at risk of running from home. Call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you are a teacher looking for information to pass along to your students about youth homelessness or the reality of life on the streets. Our 24-hour crisis line has an experienced front-line team member ready to help you now. It’s anonymous, confidential and free. 1-800-RUNAWAY. Our services are provided in part through funding from Family and Youth Services Bureau in the Administration for Children and Families, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. YOU ARE NOT ALONE!!!!! CHECK OUT THESE STATISTICS. NOTICE THAT THERE ARE NO ZEROS AND EVERYTHING ADDS UP TO 100%. THIS MEANS THAT THERE IS PROOF THAT YOU ARE NOT ALONE. CALL SOMEONE WHO CARES: STATISTICS ON RUNAWAYS >>>

Youth Status at Time of Call
*Runaway 40%
Youth in crisis 32%
Contemplating running away 10%
*Homeless 11%
*Throwaway 5%
Suspected Missing 1%
Total 100%
**Youth on the street 56%
Youth is Former Ward of the State 2%
Youth is Ward of the State 3%
Reported Age Of Caller
12 and Under 2%
13 3%
14 6%
15 10%
16 14%
17 21%
18 16%
19 14%
20 10%
21 4%
Total 100%
Runaway History
Youth previously run (no) 43%
unknown 31%
Youth previously run (yes) 26%
Total 100%
Means of Survival
Friends/relatives 52%
unknown 27%
Shelter 7%
Personal Funds 6%
Panhandling 3%
Employment 2%
Detention/Police 1%
Sex Industry 1%
Selling Drugs <1%
Stealing 1%
Total 100%
Caller Relationship
Youth 50%
Parent 29%
Relative 7%
Adult 7%
Youth's Friend 4%
Police/probation officer 1%
Agency 1%
Other 1%
Total 100%
Time on the Streets Before Calling NRS
1-3 days 45%
4-7 days 9%
1-4 weeks 21%
1-2 months 11%
2-6 months 7%
over 6 months 7%
Total 100%
Caller Gender
Female 71%
Male 29%
Total 100%
Problems Identified by Callers
Family Dynamics 29%
Peer/Social 11%
School/Education 7%
Mental Health 8%
Transportation 6%
Alcohol/Drug Use 6%
Economics 6%
Physical Abuse 6%
Youth Services 5%
Emotional/Verbal Abuse 3%
Judicial System 4%
Health 3%
Neglect 2%
Sexual Abuse/Assault 2%
Sexual Exploitation 1%
Total 100%
Whereabouts of Youth Who is the Subject
Home 24%
Unknown to Caller 21%
Friend 19%
Street/Pay Phone 9%
Relative 7%
Greyhound 4%
Shelter 4%
Other 5%
Recent Acquaintance 3%
School 2%
Police/Detention 2%
Work <1%
Pimp/Dealer <1%
Total 100%
Options Discussed with Youth
NRS services 22%
Family/Adults/Parents 19%
Friend 12%
Police 8%
Alt Youth Housing (includes TLP) 11%
School/Personnel 4%
Social Services 5%
Mental Health 4%
Self help 3%
Missing Children Hotline 2%
Legal/Mins 3%
Child Abuse Reporting 2%
Social Worker 2%
Clergy 1%
Health Professional 1%
United Way 1%
Total 100%

Youth Crisis Hotlines National Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-442-HOPE (4673) More Information On Bullying>>>

If you are in danger call 911 ! ! ! ! ! If you have ever thought about suicide or know anyone who has, please click here >>> National Youth Crisis Hotline: 800-442-HOPE (4673)

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