Friday, 24 May 2019

#FindEveryChild Week- Daisie-Mae's story

This year, we are launching #FindEveryChild week. With over 80,000 children being reported missing in the UK every year, it's important that we're able to offer our services round the clock. Our helpline supports young people who are at risk of harm, as well as the families desperate for answers. Today we are sharing Daisie-Mae's story. Daisie bravely talks about when she ran away from home at 14. She touches on the reasons she left home and, the support Missing People provided when she needed it the most.

Why I went missing

My mum passed away a long time ago and from that point on everything was very rocky and unsettled. My father re-married not long after she died and the situation became very tense. Things started to get nasty and aggressive at home. I got sick and tired of being shouted at and pushed about. It just wasn’t a good place for me to be.

A conversation

It was a week or two after I went missing. I had been safely re-housed and was offered a Return Home Interview from Missing People. I hadn’t actually returned to my home so it was more of a chance for me to talk. It was honestly the best thing that could have happened. It helped me to understand how I felt because, at the time, I didn’t know. I was really confused, so being able to sit down and have a conversation where someone listened to me was really great.

Advice

For someone thinking of running away I know your mind is just all over the place, but you just need to make sure you are going to be safe. As much as you can, try and stay calm and think through all your options before you go anywhere.

And now

I constantly feel like I have someone to talk to at Missing People. I know they are there if I have any issues or troubles. Everything is going well for me at the moment, but Missing People feels like a secure wall I can lean on which I never had before.


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Someone is reported missing every 90 seconds in the UK. The Missing Blog aims to give a voice to all those affected by this issue.

Written by families and friends of missing people, supporters working to raise awareness of the cause, and volunteers and staff at the charity Missing People, we hope that this blog will offer a window into the issue of missing.

The charity Missing People is a lifeline when someone disappears. To find out more about Missing People and ways that you can support the charity visit www.missingpeople.org.uk.

Call or text the charity Missing People for free on 116 000, 24/7 if you or anyone you know is affected by a disappearance.