Are you thinking of running away?
Sometimes it can feel like everything is too much at home and you have no other choice but to leave. You always have a choice.
There are a lot of reasons why young people run away from home. You might be having problems at home or at school, or you may even be being hurt or harmed in some way. It can feel like you’ve got no one to talk to, and that running away is the only option. That is not true.
There are lots of people who can help. Have a look at the different places below that can give you support. You are not alone.
Remember: if you are in any danger or feel unsafe, get in contact with the police immediately on 999, or talk to an adult you trust.
A story about a young person thinking about running away.
Need help and advice, or just someone to talk to?
Missing Kids is run by Missing People. They have a free and confidential helpline that is open 24 hours a day. You can talk to them in confidence and they will explain your options and try to get you the help you want.
You can talk to ChildLine about any problem you are worried about. They are available 24 hours a day and can talk to you in confidence. The number won’t appear on your phone bill.
You can call them for free on 0800 1111 or visit their website www.childline.org.uk
Finding someone in your local area
There may be people near where you live who can help you.
Missing People offer the Turn2 Directory to put you in touch with people in your area. You can find this online or call them for free on 116 000.
Please note that many of these places may not offer an emergency service. If you need immediate help call the police on 999, or tell an adult you trust.
Stay in touch
If you are away from home, people will be worried about you. Although you might not want to come home, it is important to let people know you are safe.