My name is James and I’m writing with great reluctance, to ask for your help. I’m here because of my depression and financial debt. There are so many more important requests on this site so please check them out first. But if you can spare anything, I’d be truly grateful.
The past few years I have been okay and I’ve been able to support my girlfriend Natalie whilst she completed her teacher training, a qualification some of you know requires long hours and minimal financial support, and even though she worked part-time throughout, we didn’t make enough to support ourselves and ran into debt in the process.
I managed to get onto a creative writing MA. Something I had always wanted to do as I found writing helped with my depression, and even when going through the financial difficulties that we were, I felt I found something I enjoyed doing and was going to finally gain a qualification. Until I approached the end, when I had a very sudden and rapid break down, which left me feeling suicidal and unable to work. I spent several days in bed crying, unable to get up and take care of myself, and wanted to kill myself. My GP gave me different medications, which helped a little, but my thoughts were still overwhelming. I was referred to the Islington crisis team, who helped me rest and overcome some of those difficulties, but my depression leaves me struggling to cope a lot of the time.
My tutors were supportive and extended my final year project. However, I have gotten into a lot of debt over the past few years, yet I don’t earn enough and am only able to cover the minimum. The money I have I need for medication and therapy.
This year we are going to have a baby. This wasn’t planned. But I believe we’ll make good parents. My plea is for financial help to get us back on our feet. To get me therapy and eliminate our debt worries. The picture I have attached I hope is proof at least that I’m not lying, but it is only a third of all that I owe.
I want to be in a good place for when our baby is born. I want nothing more than to be there for my family. I am deeply ashamed to be who I am, for being a burden to my girlfriend, and for being here asking for help. Anything you can spare is deeply appreciated. Thank you for taking the time to read this.