When we get emotional, be it angry, sad, or excited, we often act without thinking of the consequences. Maybe that means rudely emailing someone, or…

When we get emotional, be it angry, sad, or excited, we often act without thinking of the consequences. Maybe that means rudely emailing someone, or skipping school. For some people, it could mean running away. One of the things that the National Runaway Switchboard does so well is just talking to callers. If somebody is talking about running away, sometimes it has less to do with their overall situation, and more to do with their current emotional state. If they made the decision to leave home based on a short-lived whim, they may come to regret it later. When people who are considering running away call NRS, they talk to someone who will encourage them to think about the larger picture. Weighing the pros and cons of a given choice is usually not something we do when we’re upset, but it’s a valuable ability. NRS liners do their best to support that process, ensuring that callers look at all their options, and what each of them will accomplish.

– Will