I was bullied throughout school and was even targeted by teachers for racist hair policies (I had locks)
I am a domestic violence survivor (age 16-20)
My family did not give me the privilege of mental health support.
I spent the whole of my 20s being a mess. Multiple suicide attempts later I was given a diagnosis of EUPD in my late 20s.
Only in my early 30s have I been able to access the therapy I need to help me cope better day to day.
Mental Health is just as disabling as a physical condition but more often over looked when it comes to support, especially financially.
I went from working full-time to part time and now not at all. During this time my finances were obviously a bit all over the place and unfortunately I have Council tax and Overdraft arrears.
I receive £800 a month in benefits which is just enough to pay for my bills and food. It's not enough to make a significant difference in reducing these areas.
Furthermore I've gained weight and not been able to buy new clothes or bras. So I would like to use some of the funds raised for this which, ultimately will help my self esteem.
Council Tax debt- £1560
Overdraft debt - £900
ADD/ADHD assessment - £350
Clothing - £300
=£3110 (rounded up to include fees)
Thank you all in advance for taking the time to read this xxx
- Sam Rich
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