From the National Runaway Safeline: Luciana's Story

Homeless young woman

The National Runaway Safeline serves as the Family and Youth Services Bureau's federally mandated national communication system for runaway and homeless youth. The Chicago organization offers a crisis hotline and online services 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to youth at risk of running away, those who have run away or are homeless, and their families. Runaway Reality, a regular feature on the National Runaway Safeline's blog, highlights the stories of young people and families who contact the hotline. This month's installment is about Luciana, a 19-year-old caller with a history of mental health issues. Here's an excerpt:

Standing outside of a shopping center in Corpus Christi, Texas, she was experiencing unbearable emotions and pain. And while admitting she had experienced similar situations and had been suicidal in the past, this was her first time reaching out to the National Runaway Safeline.

An argument with her mother and grandmother earlier that evening led Luciana to feel that her family did not understand or respect her because of her learning disabilities. It was in an upset panic that she then made the decision to run.

After discussing friends and families’ homes as possible places for her to stay, Aaron*, a trained and experienced frontline team member, searched for available shelter resources, and ultimately, got a hold of one. Unfortunately, Aaron and Luciana were informed that the shelter was booked for the night.  With this devastating news, Luciana expressed feelings of being suicidal.

Read the rest of Luciana's story.

*Names and locations have been changed to respect anonymity

More About the National Runaway Safeline

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