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SOURCE National Runaway Safeline
The National Runaway Safeline Identifies Means of Survival, Issues Reported and Other Categories of Data Collected From Crisis Connections
CHICAGO, May 19, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Runaway Safeline (NRS) annually reviews data collected from its calls and online chats where it provides crisis services. From the 2013 crisis connections it found that family dynamics was the No. 1 issue cited, friends and family were the main means of survival when a youth had run, and nearly half of the youth who had run were on the street for one to three days before reaching out to NRS for help.
"This statistical data is critical to the National Runaway Safeline and other agencies that serve runaway, homeless and at-risk youth and their families," said Maureen Blaha, NRS executive director. "It provides insights into who these youth are and what are their needs so services to best help them can be developed."
Additional findings from the 2013 crisis connections include:
The National Runaway Safeline, formerly known as the National Runaway Switchboard, established in 1971, serves as the federally-designated national communication system for runaway, homeless and at-risk youth. NRS, with the support of more than 150 volunteers, makes more than 250,000 connections to help and hope through hotline (1-800-RUNAWAY), online (1800RUNAWAY.org) and offline resources. NRS provides crisis intervention, referrals to local resources, and education and prevention services to youth, families and community members throughout the country 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. For more information or to download all crisis connection statistics, visit 1800RUNAWAY.org.
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