I've suffered with mental illness for most of my life, due to my late autism diagnosis. Most children are diagnosed and receive the necessary help around the age of 3 or 4, but I was diagnosed at 16, which meant I did not get the right support for my crucial childhood years. This particularly impacted me while I was attending high school. I managed to get my GCSE's but I was unable to complete my further education as I was in the midst of a complete mental breakdown which lasted for several years. I fell into a deep depression and at some darker points attempted suicide. After many hours of therapy and several different medications I managed to return to college a few years down the line but had to drop out due to the cost - since I was now an adult my education was no longer free. I would dearly love to finish my education, but due to my mental health I am only able to work part time, which just about pays the bills. I simply cannot afford to return to college or go to university.
It has been my dream since I was a toddler to one day move to Europe. I am from a very small town in Wales with absolutely no career prospects or opportunities for me, and Europe has always been a solace, an escape, and a beacon of hope. I've spent countless hours dreaming of the happy life I could be living there, rather than simply surviving here on this island with a government that, as a disabled LGBT person, does not see me as an equal. I'm scared to be gay under a conservative government, and I do not feel safe in this country while they are in power. Living and working in a small town I inevitably experience the "small town mindset" and have been called the f slur on numerous occasions while working or simply walking down the street.
I'm hoping this fundraiser will act as a kickstarter to help give me that extra push to finally get me across the sea and to start my new life where I am truly happy and where I know I belong. Once I am there, I can once again pursue my education and build a meaningful career to allow me to live a happier life.
I am thankful that you have taken the time to read my story. Any help, whether it be £1 or £10, would be greatly appreciated, and you have my sincerest gratitude. No matter how much, you are helping me to realise my dream, and every penny is another step forward. I thank you from the bottom of my heart.
- Faby Jackson
- Caitlin Dean
- Alex Lamens
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