Stress is usually something that adults deal with…

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Stress is usually something that adults deal with and it’s easy for them to forget that young people have stress in their lives too. Between school, work, family issues, friend drama and everyday teen issues, stress can really pile on. Take all that and throw on a life crisis such as homelessness or an abusive relationship and the lives of youth can become downright chaotic.


As youth, it’s important to have ways to reduce stress for yourself when you need it. When you’re feeling stressed out, it’s important to know the resources available to you. Knowing who you can reach out to, such as friends, family, trusted adults, doctors, teachers, etc, is the first step in reducing stress. Once you know who you can reach out to, seeking them out to talk about your stress will help you to figure out ways to ease it. It’s also important to be able to think through your options in order to be able to figure out the best outcome. Writing down all the options you have to fix the issue stressing you out and then taking the time to write out the pros and cons of those options is the best way to see which option is the best for your situation.


Ultimately you are the only person who knows what is best for you when you are feeling stressed out. Whether it be taking a walk, listening to music or talking to a trusted friend, nothing is wrong if it helps you to feel better. Remember that you can always call 1-800-RUNAWAY if you haven’t yet figured out what helps you reduce stress and need someone to talk to!


– Katrina

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  • Joel

    right now i just got grounded for taking too long to do the dishes but my sisters refuse to do them so they get treated like royalty while i get treated like the maid butler ect i never get respect. whenever i make dinner i never hear a thank you but if my sisters make dinner they practically get worshipped. i dont know what to do please help

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Joel

    We’re glad you reached out to us for support. It sounds like there’s a difference in how you perceive you and your sisters are treated, and it works in their favor, not yours. It can be frustrating to feel like your efforts aren’t appreciated.

    We can talk more with you about your situation and possible options. Because we want to maintain confidentiality, the best way for us to help is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).

    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runaway.org

    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929.

  • jackie

    Can any1 answer my Q bout the cops can they take me2 juvi if I run away?

  • 1-800-RUNAWAY staff

    Hi Jackie,

    Thanks for reaching out to us. It usually depends on what the state laws. If you contact us at 1-800-RUNAWAY or via live chat on our website, someone can answer your question more specifically.

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Jackie,

    It usually depends on the laws in the state that you’re in. Give us a call at 1-800-RUNAWAY to better answer your question more efficiently
    .

  • Celeste

    My mom and I have always struggled with maintaining our relationship but it’s hard when the both of us are completely opposite. I ran away over the summer and stayed with a friend because I simply could not take the emotional and mental torment anymore. I am not lying when I say I didn’t miss my mother. She eventually begged me to come back home but I didn’t want to. However, I knew that I needed to go to college and be there for my five younger siblings. We agreed that I would come home on one condition: we would go to counseling together. I have been home for almost 2 months and my mom hasn’t even made an attempt to call a counselor. Plus, everything is the same as it was before I left, maybe even worse because I now know how to stand up for myself and she doesn’t like it. She has me work like crazy around the house, taking and picking up my siblings from school, going to the grocery store, running errands, coming home to clean the kitchen and making dinner. Not only do I NEVER get a thank you, but she has the audacity to tell me that I do “nothing” and that there is no excuse for me to be tired every morning after I stayed up all night to get my school work done. I am back to the point where I want to do nothing but leave my house but because the friend that sheltered me over the summer moved out of state, I have no whereto go where I would be financially stable and taken care of. I am also currently unemployed so there would be no hope of me getting my own place or rooming with someone any time soon. I don’t know how much longer I’ll be able to take this. What should I do?

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi Celeste,

    Thank you for reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline. We’re sorry to hear that you are struggling with your mom. There are a couple of services that we offer that may help you to communicate with your mom better.

    Have you heard of our three-way conference calling service? Conference calls only happen if you want them to happen. If you are on the road and feel ready to talk with your parents, we will help you call them. We will stay on the line with you and help you talk things out. Talking while you are away can be a hard thing to do and we are here to provide support. We help both you and your parents really talk about how you feel and what’s happening at home.

    Also we have our Message Relay Service We can deliver a message to your parents for you and your parents can leave a message with us to pass along to you. If you give us a message for your parents, we will call them and deliver it. You can also have a friend tell you that a message is waiting for you from your parents. Message relay often leads to a more direct conversation between youth and parent with NRS as a facilitator.

    Messages must be constructive. We will not help you tell your parents that you hate them or that you never plan on coming home. We will help you say how you’re feeling and what you want to see happen. Others have left messages like “I just want you to know that I’m okay. I hope we can work things out.” And “I know this doesn’t really help but I was really angry at you. I want to come home. Is that okay?” Message relay is a good way to start communicating with your parents. It’s safe and simple.

    Call 1-800-RUNAWAY to use these services

  • kenneth jones

    i want to leave so bad my fosterhome is not cool anymore and i still have someone i love what do i do

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hey Kenneth

    We’re glad you reached out to us for support. It sounds like there’s a difference in how you perceive you and your sisters are treated, and it works in their favor, not yours. It can be frustrating to feel like your efforts aren’t appreciated.

    We can talk more with you about your situation and possible options. Because we want to maintain confidentiality, the best way for us to help is for you to reach out to us in one of three ways:

    1) if it’s between 4:30-11:30 pm central time, you can start a live chat with us (click the big red button at the top of this page).

    2) post to our bulletin board -> http://bulletinboards.1800runa

    3) call our 24-hour hotline at 1-800-786-2929

  • rideforever1994

    stuff is so hard at home for the past almost 4 years I have been in and out of hospitals and it has taken a big impact on my family now its me going in and out of respites its hard I have so many disorders is crazy im on all kinds of different meds I am sick of taking meds and some times I just want to be done with my life I don’t know what to do my family makes me so stress

  • 1800RUNAWAY

    Hi rideforever1994,

    Thank you for reaching out to us. We’re sorry that things are hard for you. It sounds like you could use a listening ear. If you would like to talk to someone call us at 1800RUNAWAY or if you want, you could have a live chat with one of our counselors from 4:30 pm to 11:30 pm CST. Either one you choose we’re here to listen and help you.

  • mimi

    Hi im moriyah. and im doing this because i can’t take it anymore.i feel like just locking myself in my room and just crying my eye’s out. My brother’s jusrt are mean and don’t care if they hurt you they don’r care if you cry and say that it hurts you how they call you names they say sorry but i know they don’t mean it. Like one time my brother said that you think you can dance but you can’t. And you think it’s realy good whn you dance in front of pepole but it’s not. That hurt me alot and he does’t care. And now all i do is dance to show him that he’s not right. And i alwas say when im 13 im going to be the best and stuff.and that there going to be sorry they messed with the worng girl.they don’t get me im not like them im not a boy i can’t alwas take the name calling i can’t ):

  • Drake

    well im pretty stressed out here at home. at my house theres always arguing yelling and blaming and idk wat to do. im constantly depressed because my grades aren’t that great and I feel like I need the support of my dad but they do nothing. ive thought of suicide and runaway many times but only have attempted runaway. I want someone to help but I also want to stay in my city and make sure my pets have a good life. I also don’t want to leave this girl I like at school. my friend is constantly telling me I need to runaway or tell someone because of a sad story that happened to his cousin, who killed himself. this is the first time ive reached out to anyone at all and I just don’t know wat to do anymore.