Keeping Stephanie Safe and Sane
I'm looking for help for my girlfriend who is struggling with mental illnesses. I'm trying to raise money so she can get the help she needs!
Hi, my name is Jamie, and I'm trying to find some help for my girlfriend. I love her more than words can say and I would do anything for her to make her happy. It breaks my heart that I cannot finnacially help her with the therapy that she really needs. We have been together since Christmas 2011 and, over the months, I have seen her mental health deteriorate while I watched on helplessly. When she got the call that she was approved for therapy, we laughed and cried together. I have looked for help everywhere I could, and came up with nothing. I am really hoping that we have found a solution at last, because Stephanie really needs this. In her own words, here is her story:
When I was 16, I was diagnosed with type 2 bipolar disorder, borderline personality disorder, and ADD. At age 17, I was introduced to this program called Dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT) and it helped! I learned many tools that helped me manage my emotions so I could function in society.
In the 7 years since completing the program, much has happened, and my ability to recall and use the skills has nearly vanished. I live my life one day at a time, just like everyone else. The difference between me and a “normal” functioning adult is that my every action is ruled by an emotion. Between the internal fight to even get out of bed in the morning and my general disinterest in nearly everything, life has become quite difficult over the years.
But then there was hope! After my release from a psychiatric hospital, I had been referred to the DBT program again! I saw the light at the end of the tunnel! I remembered that my mother had to “fight” with our insurance company to get them to approve me for the program, but I was determined; I want to get better! I remember how much it had helped me in the past, so I geared up for the challenge.
As the days, weeks, and months passed, I began to lose hope that I would ever get the help that I needed. But, with the promise that I wouldn’t have to pay for this extraordinary program, I pushed through. 7 months after I had contacted my insurance company, I received the bittersweet phone call telling me I had been approved, but would be required to pay a $20.00 copay per session. I did a quick bit of mental math and felt my heart sink. There are 52 total sessions that cost $20.00 each. That total amount, just for the therapy, is $1,040.00 that doesn’t include transportation to or from the appointments or the cost of medications. Over the next 6 months it’s going to cost me $1,600.00 to get back to where I can be an independent, productive, and successful person in society.
This is where I need your help! I know that $1,600.00 is a LOT of money, but if every person donates $1.00 to help, I would be forever grateful! I understand if you can’t spare anything, but please pass this on; anything helps. Please keep me in your thoughts and prayers! Thank you all!