Sometimes there may be something going on in your life that causes you to want to just vent, but what if the situation causing it involves family…

Sometimes there may be something going on in your life that causes you to want to just vent, but what if the situation causing it involves family and/or friends? When that happens talking to a third party, like a counselor at school, or a crisis hotline, might be a good way to talk your way through a situation.   From my experience friends and even family can’t always be relied upon when I’m going through crises of my own; sometimes they just don’t understand what’s happening and what can you do? It makes me feel really alone when I can’t seem to get friends or family to understand a problem I may be experiencing. But they’re people, too, and while it may hurt that they minimize or just tell you to get over a problem that you find you can’t easily solve, they can’t read minds. Either that or you can’t really talk about something because it is so personal.   Some of the best people who can help someone through a crisis is a complete stranger to you. That’s not to say that someone who does need to talk to another person about something should just find a random person on the street and start ranting. Talking to someone at school (a trusted adult) might be a good idea, and when you have nowhere else to turn, calling a hotline like the National Runaway Switchboard could be good as well.   -Allyson