Running away can be a difficult decision for…
Running away can be a difficult decision for one to make or a difficult topic to have with a friend who is considering it. Is your friend talking about running away? Have you had a conversation with your friend about it?
As uncomfortable of a topic it may be, it may be in your friend’s best interest to have it. You can ask your friend what is causing him or her to want to run away, how long has he or she been thinking about it, and whether or not your friend has a plan or knows how long he or she will remain gone. Let your friend know that there are people he or she can talk to anonymously about this. You can also express your concerns about his or her safety.
Here at the National Runaway Switchboard, safety is our concern for youth whether they are out on the streets or at home. Remember – no two situations are the same, so at your discretion you may want to decide whether informing your parents or theirs, or another adult, is a good idea. Don’t forget, you as the friend can also call 1-800-RUNAWAY (1-800-786-2929) to speak with a crisis liner to brainstorm and discuss options for you and your friend.