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If you have someone to talk with, it’s a good idea to talk about what happened if you’ve been away. Being away can be a confusing time and sometimes it’s only when you are back that you start to think over what happened and then you might want advice, support or simply someone to listen.

If you are 16 or under and were reported as missing to the police then you should expect to get a Return Home Interview. This can give you the chance to talk about what happened before, during and after you were away.

If you are comfortable speaking with your parents, other family members, carer or a teacher about running away, then this could be the best place to start. You could talk over with them why you wanted to go, what happened whilst you were away and how things could be better now you are back.

It could be the case that you feel there is no one you can talk to or would understand, but there are people out there who want to help and are there to listen, so try to not to feel like you need to keep it all bottled up.

Texting or emailing are a really good alternatives to actually speaking with someone, and sometimes it’s easier to write things down rather that say them. We all sometimes forget what we want to say, so this is good way of getting everything you want to talk about across.

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