Feeling like you want to run away can be scary, exciting or upsetting, or all of these things at once! If you want to run away or go missing again, have a think about how you are feeling.
If you are unsafe where you are, and running away is the only way to be safer then have a think about where you could go to be safe. If this happens, think about trusted people or organisations you could speak to about why you feel so unsafe where you are. This might be a friend, a family member, a helpline or the police.
If you don’t like where you are and you want to run away, try to keep safe by making sure you have clothing, any medicine you need, a phone (if you have one PLUS your charger!) and the phone numbers or addresses of people you trust and who will help you.
The people you live with might report you missing and then police might start contacting your friends and family to find you. If you don’t want police to do this, you could call them, or get us to help you call them and let them know you are ok so they stop looking for you.
Sometimes you might feel like you want to get away, but you don’t want the people you live with to worry. It’s okay to feel like you need to get away – we all feel like that sometimes. One way of doing this is to tell the person you need some space and that you need to leave. Telling someone you need space can be hard, so take a few deep breaths and stick to the facts. If you tell someone where you are going and when you will be back, they are less likely to report you missing. Talking through what to do next with someone you trust can help.
The Runaway Helpline can only provide services to children and young people within the United Kingdom, and information and advice on this site relates to the UK only.I understand