My friend and I are both Christians, and both seventeen years old. I don't know him extremely well yet, but he opens up to me and we have had in depth conversations. Recently he told me that he is thinking about running away and living in a homeless shelter, because he can't stand to live at home. As far as I know there isn't any domestic abuse, but he has a lot of family issues that I don't know in great detail. He is extremely smart so I don't know what I can say to get him to change his mind, as he's probably thought through all his options already. He is still planning on attending university in the fall. I'm just worried about him doing this, even though he says it will give him new perspective and experience. He won't even be 18 when he does this, and it can be dangerous for anyone to live on the streets, let alone a kid on his own. I want to be supportive of him and a good friend, and I just don't know what I can say or do. I'm going to lunch with him tomorrow so I'll learn more about his family situation then and try and talk it through with him. Is it a really bad idea for him to live in a shelter, or am I overreacting? What could I do to help?