I need some advice. My best friend has depression and anxiety, and her mom is emotionally abusive towards her. Like, to the point where she could be in the happiest mood one moment, but she’ll be in tears the next. Her mom has told her that she’s “broken” multiple times, and has threatend to place her in a mental hospital, away from everybody. What can I do to help her?

Some things you can do for a friend who is being abused: Most importantly, be there for them emotionally. Tell them/remind them what they are going through is abuse, and they do not deserve it. If you can provide a temporary space for them away from abuse, do. Have them over to your house, if your home is non-abusive. Even a few hours in a non-hostile space can do wonders for someone’s emotional state. Ask…

this might be an odd question, but do you know anything about/have resources for sexual abuse without actual sexual activity? like, parents being a bit too open about discussing sexuality around you, making jokes/comments about you involved in sexual activity, discussing their own sexual activity with you, etc, when it’s not age appropriate? is some of that stuff even ever appropriate with your offspring? i feel like parents/adults in my family messed me up because of inappropriate discussions

Anon, I’m afraid I don’t have any specific resources for you, but I can assure you that you are correct, what your parents are doing to you is a form of psychological and sexual abuse. I went through very similar abuse from my father who considered himself a ‘crude and open’ man, constantly making sexual ‘jokes’ in front of his children. I will not go into the things he said, but he certainly should not have been…

How to escape an abusive household? I’m about to finish college and I’d like to break free by then but I am completely financially dependent on my abusive family. Do I just suddenly run away? I have less than $40 in cash. I know if they find out I’m trying to get out from under their control they will try to stop me, maybe kill me. It is an unspoken threat. No one else, not even my therapist, seems to believe that my family is irredeemably terrible. I can’t take this.

traumaticexperiences: ugh this is really awful, and i don’t know a good solution for this at all, i ran away as soon as i had enough money not to be homeless, and i felt exactly the same – if they catch me i’m dead, and nobody believed me either, but there’s records and statistics about people who felt they were in mortal danger, weren’t believed, and consequently got killed because of it, so i truly…