We use an internal messaging system specifically for young adults who need to contact a peer advocate — it is NOT a general chat messenger such as MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo Live Chat, Gchat or i Chat.Check out the Quick Chat Guide tabs below to help make your chat experience the best it can be!As always, we at loveisrespect are concerned for your safety. Speak to a peer advocate by calling 1-866-331-9474.Please make sure you are in a safe space before you text. When you call, be prepared for the advocate to first ask if you are in a safe place to talk.But talking to the adults in your life can seem difficult or intimidating — especially when it comes to certain subjects. Maybe you need to break bad news to a parent, like getting a speeding ticket or failing an exam. Even small talk about what's for dinner can keep your relationship strong and comfortable. If you feel your relationship with your parents is strained, try easing into conversations. Talk about how well your little sister is doing in math.Here are 3 steps to help you prepare for that talk. Most often you'll probably want the adults in your life to do one or more of these things: Things like personal feelings or sex are awkward to discuss with anyone, let alone a parent.
What if you really need your parents to be there for you but they can't? Others just can't be available in the ways their kids need and deserve. If you can't talk to your parent, seek out other adults you can trust.Recognize how you're feeling — for example, maybe you're worried that telling parents about a problem will make them disappointed or upset.But instead of letting those feelings stop you from talking, put them into words as part of the conversation.After you and your advocate come up with ideas for your situation, the advocate will review them with you and can connect you to a local resource, if you’d like.We receive a variety of questions from teens and 20-somethings all over the country. ” No relationship question is off limits, too crazy or embarrassing. All conversations with peer advocates via phone, chat or text are free and confidential.You will never be asked for your name or other contact information, but an advocate may ask for your age and city to find local resources for you.We also provide information about dating abuse to service providers, counselors, teachers and members of law enforcement.Peer advocates can connect you to resources in your area, provide you with helpful websites, help you create a plan to stay safe or just listen to your concerns.Whether you are just leaving an abusive relationship or not sure if your relationship is unhealthy, advocates have received extensive training to help you determine the answer that best fits your life.If they suggest something that you don’t think will work for you, don’t be afraid to let them know.