If you are considering leaving, have you thought about safe planning?

I'm thinking about running away | National Runaway Safeline

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Have you said “I’m thinking about running away,” before?

Do things at home seem too unbearable? Does running away seem like your only option?

There are many youth who run away daily because they are thinking about running away. They think it is the only option. It is hard to assess everyone’s individual situation and to say if running away is the right or wrong thing to do. Sometimes the best people to know if running away is your best option is you and/or close friends or people who know your situation personally.

If you are considering leaving, have you thought about safe planning? Safe planning can include making sure you have somewhere safe (i.e. friend, shelter) to go before you leave, you are wearing the proper attire, or food options are available. Living on the streets as a teen can be very dangerous and make you a target to become a victim.

Safe planning can include:

  • Making sure you have somewhere safe (i.e. friend, shelter) to go before you leave
  • Wearing the proper attire
  • Where food options are available

Living on the streets as a teen can be very dangerous and make you a target to become a victim.

If there is someone you feel comfortable speaking to, you can discuss alternatives or safe housing options. Remember you can always call us at the National Runaway Safeline if you are need of someone to speak with.

– Dyanne

 

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