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It’s gotten to the point where I’m physically sick of all of this. I’ve been trying to keep pushing, at least until I got my driver’s license, but now it’s too much. I don’t want to die, I want to leave. I’m upset what can I do? My school is unbearable. My family is unbearable. My friends are unbearable. I want more, I want to run, but I’m scared. Please… tell me what to do… I beg you.
–I want to run away, posted on NRS’ Forum 11/13/17
This year has been difficult. Several devastating hurricanes, multiple mass shootings, a series of sexual harassment accusations have blanketed an already divisive country into compassion fatigue. As adults having experienced rough times, we can intellectualize that this doom can’t last forever. For youth, like ‘I want to run away’, what is happening now is their experience, their normal. They are growing up in volatile times. They have everything we had in childhood – peer pressure, bullying, school demands – but they are dealing with all those issues within a turbulent climate of uncertainty.
‘I want to run away’ is reaching out before running away. This youth is asking for our help!
We are asking for your help. Please consider support to ‘I want to run away’ and all youth with an end of the year gift.
The National Runaway Safeline’s (NRS) crisis service staff and volunteers complete a 40-hour trauma sensitive, solution-focused crisis intervention training program before handling their first call. Due to the increased utilization of digital services, NRS has incorporated digital based crisis intervention as a standard training component. By ensuring every frontline team member is fully trained and capable of handling crisis contacts across communication platforms, NRS is assuring our country’s youth that we are here to help quickly and effectively whether they are on the phone or online.
NRS continues to be accessible to youth and families in crisis every moment of every day. Your support will be instrumental in continuing and transforming our crisis services.
Please consider an end of the year gift to make a commitment to keeping runaway, homeless and at-risk youth safe and off the streets.
Maureen Blaha, Executive Director
PS: NRS is a nonprofit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent allowed by law.