Growing up, my younger sister Zara was such a bright and happy child, always smiling. But tough life at home, domestic abuse and our parents messy divorce which lasted 7 years, combined with bullying at school has taken its toll on her. She's only 18, but last October, she was diagnosed with mild-severe depression and anxiety as a result of circumstances she had no control over. It took Zara over 2 years to ask for help from doctors. And now, I'm here to ask for more help because I know she would not ask again herself. It's been hard even trying get her to let me post this, but we are desperate.
After doing a lot of research and consulting with professionals, Zara would like to begin a course of psychotherapy to help her come to terms with her disease, and to help her heal and look toward the future. Unfortunately, Zara is not eligable to have this treatment on the NHS. With our low income and current financial situation, my mother and I cannot afford the psychotherapy we desperately want to give her access to.
The three of us have only been able to muster up enough money for a couple of sessions, but it's not enough. Zara needs long-term treatment. £700 will help us buy around 15 sessions of psychotherapy with a private psychotherapist.
I am desperate to see my little sister smile again. Her grades at college were very promising, and her dream was to become a Japanese and Spanish translator. I want to see her enjoying her language studies again and to fullfill the dream she once had of starting her career in translation and interpretation.
After a suggestion made by our mother, Zara wants to start writing about her experiences and her therapy. For donors, Zara wants to share these thoughts and feelings with you, so you can read exactly how your contributions has helped to change her life for the better.
We know that times are hard and it's effecting everybody. Whatever amount you can contribute will directly go into helping Zara's treatment. I want to deeply thank everybody who has read this. Even just raising more awareness of depression and a form of treatment for it is worth it.