Life is full of troubles outside the shelter of home but even then, many people who decide to run away fantasize the life they’ll find. They think that after running away from home life will be free of the troubles they have at home. Hardships welcome the person who left his home and they often end up homeless, stealing, or even selling drugs or sex in an effort to make money. Every year lots of runaway teens die, often because they are attacked, become ill, or take their own lives. Reasons for running away are different for everyone and it may include abuse whether it’s physical, emotional, or sexual, family troubles, or problems with school, bullying, or friends. Some teens run away because of alcohol or drug problems their own or a family member’s. Others run away to be with someone.
Ms. Amina Javed is working as a Clinical Psychologist at Willing Ways, Lahore. In 2015, she completed her MS in clinical psychology, from Centre Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore. She had training of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Rational Emotive Behavioral Therapy, Behavior Therapy and she is interested in Dialectic Behavior Therapy as well.
Editor: Saad Shaheed
Running away from home or planning to run away from home is an emergency psychiatric condition and needs immediate attention. In such situation certain people can help including teenagers friends. Friends can help in certain way as, if a friend is thinking about running away, talk about why. Try to work together to help your friend find solutions to his or her problems. At the same time, speak with an adult you trust as soon as possible. Tell that adult that your friend is talking seriously about running away. If you don’t feel comfortable telling your parents, ask another relative, a teacher, coach, school counselor, your family doctor, or a religious leader for help. A trusted adult might be able to help your friend understand that there are better alternatives to running away. Choosing friends and such friends which would help you in difficult situation is very important.
Good friends do help in preventing runaway, therefore we need to learn how to pick good friends. Choosing good friend is an art which is need to be learn by adolescents or teenagers. Making friends, being friends, and occasionally ending friendships are all an important developmental task for tweens and teens. Friendships are some of the most powerful influences in life, because friends greatly impact a person’s development and decisions. Teenage is age of thrill and emotional drill, it goes up and down. Brain is not fully developed and emotional brain is only developed part of brain, therefore decisions in teenage are not usually good decisions. Therefore choosing a good friend is one of the most important decision among six important decisions a teen can make.