Running away can be a frightening experience - for both you and your
parents. A runaway becomes vulnerable as soon as he or she leaves
home - potentially falling victim to drugs, drinking, crime, sexual
exploitation, pornography, and/or prostitution.
If you are thinking about running away, DON'T. First, identify
people who can assist you. Talk about your problems and concerns
with your parents, friends, teachers, a mental health professional,
a clergy member, or other trusted adult. Don't hesitate to seek the
assistance of a trained counselor or professional. To identify
qualified professionals in your area contact the local Department of
Social Services, Family Services, or other public or private
agencies that help families. Also, members of the clergy, school
personnel, or the law enforcement community can direct you to
available services and resources.
Remember, there is a solution to every problem, and you need to
keep asking until you get the help you need to safely resolve your
Second, if you need to leave your home environment, seek out a
safe haven in your community.
Once home, try to resolve the problems that prompted you to leave
in the first place. If you are unable to deal with family or
personal problems effectively, seek the assistance of a trained
counselor or professional.