New From the National Runaway Safeline: Online Help for Teens

A young woman answers an online help desk.

The National Runaway Safeline has added confidential live chat to the ways it helps teens who have run away or are thinking about running away. Teens in crisis can go to and click on the “Get Help Live Chat” button. Or they can call 1-800-RUNAWAY.

The Safeline is for

  • teenagers who are thinking of running from home
  • teens with a friend who has run and is looking for help
  • runaway youth ready to go home through the Home Free bus-ticket program
  • parents worried their teen might run or looking for a teen who’s left home
  • teachers looking for information to pass along to students about alternatives to running from home

Watch the public service announcement, featuring rap star Ludacris, and then share it with others:

National Runaway Safeline

Home Free program

9-5 pm Eastern