52 Lives

#175 Meg

Request: Messages / Donations

This week, we’d like to help a 28 year old woman who is struggling with mental health issues and feeling very scared and alone.

Meg's husband is in the army, and is away for long periods. She works part time and also has a young son.

Meg has suffered with anxiety for most of her life. But recently it has become more extreme. Last week, she had a severe panic attack at work and her mum had to come and take her to the doctor.

“She was stuttering, she couldn’t stop shaking, and she had been scratching at her skin until it bled. I hate seeing her like this. It’s heartbreaking,” her mum said.

Meg went to see a doctor, who believes she may be bi-polar, so he has referred her to see a mental health professional. But it has sent Meg into a spin.

“She went into panic mode. She thinks she’s a freak – she doesn’t want to feel like she’s weird or like there’s something wrong with her.”

Meg told me she has been feeling so low at times that she doesn’t think she even deserves to be here. With your help, we want to do something kind for Meg, and let her know that she is not alone.

What We Need

1. Messages - What Meg needs most at the moment is to feel connected to other people. We want to let Meg know that she is not alone in feeling how she does, and also that there are so many people out there who care about her. Sometimes a few kind words can change someone's life - or save someone's life. To send Meg a message, please write it in the form below and we will pass it along to Meg (your email address will not be passed along). To post a message to Meg, please send it to 52 Lives (Life # 175), PO Box 3154, Reading, RG1 9AT.

2. Donations - When we spoke to Meg about how we could help, all she wanted was not to feel alone. But we'd also love to do something more for her. Meg is living with her parents at the moment, but will be moving into her own home soon. She has been saving up for white goods and other things for the new house - we'd love to help her pay for these. Any donations will be used to help pay for things for Meg's new house, and also for some gifts for Meg and her son. To make a donation, please click the link below.



What We Did

Thanks to all of your help and advice, Meg now has the support of a case worker from SSAFA, a charity that helps people in the armed forces and their families - which will give her the help she needs (thanks so much to Wendy for pointing her in the right direction)

We also raised a few hundred pounds to help Meg and her son, but the most important thing we did this week was to send Meg all of your lovely messages, cards and gifts. What Meg needed most was to feel loved and supported and thanks to all of you, that's exactly how she feels. She doesn't feel alone anymore, and I don't think it gets more life-changing than that. Thank you so much everyone. This is a message from Meg and her son...