Sunday, 14 October 2007
05:20:35 PM (GMT)
I dont like my family - I am planning to run away - Is that a good desision?
Dear Desperate Guy,
The Reality of Running Away
When you think about running away, you probably imagine that there will be no more
rules, no parent to tell you what to do, no more fights. Sounds great and exciting,
right? Iin reality, running away is anything but fun. Kids and teens who run away
face new problems like not having any money, food to eat, a safe place to sleep, or
anyone to look out for them.
People with no home and no money become desperate, doing anything just to meet their
basic needs. The number of kids with HIV or AIDS and other diseases is higher on
streets, too, because these kids might use IV drugs or have unprotected sex (often
For help call the National Runaway Switchboard at (800) 621-4000. It's open 24 hours
a day and the call is free. The switchboard operators get thousands of calls each
year, many from kids who have run away or know someone who has
It takes courage to tell an adult that your friend is about to run away, but try to
do this as soon as possible. Being a real friend doesn't mean keeping a secret when
it can hurt someone. It means doing the best thing possible for your friend. And
running away isn't a solution for either of you. It only leads to more problems and
danger. Try to solve the problem, rather than running away.