|Young people we've helped|
Runaway Helpline gets thousands of calls, emails and texts every week. Here are a few examples of the people we’ve helped.
At Christmas 2008, Missing People launched a free text service to the Runaway Helpline number. The very first message we received had just one word - ‘help’. Sam, 13, had run away and wanted to harm himself. Sam said that no one cared. We cared. Missing People found Sam a safe place to go in his local area.
Tina was very upset when she called Runaway Helpline. She told us she was 11 and that she had been kicked out from home. Half way through the call Tina hung up. We did not hear back from Tina that night and we were worried about her.
We first spoke to Will on a Saturday evening. He told us that he had run away because his dad had been hitting and kicking him. Will was now getting very behind at school.