I'm trying to save up for a Nintendo Switch which I was hoping to buy as a birthday gift for myself this June since it was announced last year but due to unforeseen events, my savings have been steadily dropping.
This year has been a hard one for me and my family. Threats of foreclosure due to my grand father's business losing money has shaken my family's sense of security. This caused my father to request more of my salary to help keep the house afloat since he hasn't been consistently getting his salary. It doesn't help that my mom has been gone for 7 years now and that my dad is the sole provider of our household.
All of this has caused me to be severely depressed. I'm scared that my home might be taken from us at anytime. Sleepless nights became a usual thing for me. The thought of uncertainty as to what could become of my family has done nothing but cause severe anxiety.
Three months ago, I was advised by my friends to go to a psychiatrist to sort out my depression. These sessions aren't cheap and it would require me to spend money that I could be giving to my dad instead.
Another advice was to find an escape, albeit a temporary one, to help address my depression. The idea was to do something that makes me happy to help alleviate my condition. This is where the Switch comes in. I love playing games. For me, it is the perfect temporary escape from reality. But since I am unable to shell out money, I was advised to try to get funding here.
Normally, given these circumstances, people would expect that I would request funding to keep our family afloat. I believe it is my family's (myself included) responsibility since this is a family issue and it is our job to fix it.
PS: In the event that the funding is insufficient or is more than the cost of one unit, I'm contemplating between giving the money (the excess or the whole bulk if insufficient) to my dad instead as a means to help the house (ie. grocery) or to give it to a charity as a way to give back to the community.
PSS: In respect to my father's wishes, I cannot share anymore information about our family's problem hence why I also show my name as GC instead of my real name.