The Sad but Real Effects of our Broken Mental Health System

The Sad but Real Effects of our Broken Mental Health System

From Melody Dye

Donations for a mentally ill woman and her rescue/therapy cat to survive for 2 more months, until she is approved for Social Security Disability.

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"M" worked as a paralegal for most of her life.  She is a 57 year old woman who lives alone with no family to speak of.  She is now diagnosed with multiple co-occuring mental illnesses (confirmed by multiple psychiatrists): Bipolar 1 (mania),  PTSD, ADD, Severe Anxiety, and suspected borderline Personality Disorder.  "M" has no substance abuse history.

She has survived many months while her attorney navigates her through the lengthy and complicated Disability process. She has lived on public assistance ($215 per month) savings, and credit cards.  She is blessed with a landlord who believes in her and will not evict her and friends who have paid for pet sitting and dog walking.

Currently she has no more savings and the credit cards balances are getting dangerously high.  She has sold, and continues to try to sell her possessions, but that hasn't generated much revenue.

She is afraid of not being able to hold out until our currently understaffed government decides to afford her the resources she has earned and is entitled to. Peco is currently threatening to shut off service.  They require a doctor's letter confirming her condition, but do not accept psychiatrists letters. Seriously?

ANY amount of donation will be greatly appreciated.  "M" is unable to verify her account as she does not utilize social media.  Please feel free to contact her if you would like evidence of the legitimacy of any statements made above. 

Thank you and God Bless.

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