Hi, My name is Victoria and I am 34 years old and live in Canberra, Australia.
I also suffer from anxiety and depression, and my husband suffers from bi-polar, anxiety and an acquired brain injury but I’ll get to that later.
I used to work full time. In retail. As my mental health grew steadily worse due to an environment that can flip from boring to stressful in an instance, and many things that make customers or management angry are things that are out of your control, I looked for other work.
I started work in a small men’s clothing store in August of 2017.
My husband was in a car accident in September of 2017.
My husband went out to get a lasagna for dinner, and some blueberry muffins from the shops, and didn’t come back.
An hour later the police showed up at my door.
Saul was in an induced coma for a month, had 2 breaks in his back and a fractured face. He had a injured leg where the car engine fell and trapped him.
I thank god every day because I got him back. He can walk. He is basically the same, with a few shortcomings.
But anyway, while he was in hospital I was a bit of a wreck, and lost my job.
I was able to come back to one of my old jobs thankfully, but it is very inconsistent work and there is no shifts over Christmas.
Twice now, I have applied for and started a different new job. And twice now I have been overwhelmed with anxiety and had a couple of days off. And been fired. One of those times I was so frustrated with myself and feeling trapped in this situation had a moment of insanity and tried to end it. I still feel guilty about that to this day.
So here we are in the present. I am still working in the inconsistent position. I have gotten behind on rent due to no work over Christmas.
The reason I am applying for this, is an act of desperation. We’ve been evicted, and I still cannot pay the arrears.
The money that I am asking for is simply to pay our rent arrears, totalling $1600