My little sister is incredible, absolutely incredible. She is 16, and she ha already been through so much. She has always suffered from mental health problems, but they have only recently been diagnosed after she had to try and deal with several traumatic experiences.
When she was 13, her best friend died of a form of MND (I can't remember the name of the exact strain), and it caused her to become severely depressed. She spoke at his funeral, and she was so strong throughout the entire experience; that was a day that I'll never forget. However, it caused her mental health to have a significant decline, and she soon began self-harming. Many other problems were ongoing at home (unfortunately I was away, studying at university at the time), and all of these contributed to her having a very fragile mental state. It's worth noting that before all of this, she was a model student, getting straight As at school, and even won the local elections for Youth Parliament - she was the youngest ever Youth MP for Bolton, and spoke in the House of Commons. However, when things started to go down hill with her mental health, her attainment at school also declined, furthering her mental health issues.
Two years of on-and-off self-harming ensued, until things took a far greater turn for the worse. She was raped by her"boyfriend". She was 15, he was 19. He had her under such control that she felt she had nowhere to turn, and felt she had no option but to do as he said. I don't want to give too many details away, as throughout all of this she kept a diary of what it was like, and she was subsequently admitted to a mental health hospital, where she has been for the better part of the last 15 months. Her diaries are due to published, but we need to raise an initial capital of £800 to do so. So many things happened during this time period, and she has done so much to help others who are suffering the way that she was/is. She has been diagnosed with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Bipolar, and a mild form of Asperger's Syndrome.
Somewhere in all of this mayhem, she has also begun work on an app for the NHS to help other teenagers who suffer from mental health problems. She is an absolute star who wishes nothing other than to help people through her own experiences. And that is what this book is all about: she wants to publish it to make sure that those who are going through the same things that she did do not feel alone, and have the knowledge that other people have gone through what they have gone through, that people are there to help them, and that they can get through whateve troubles they have and still succeed in life.
This is only a very brief snapshot of the amazing things that she has done, and I'm sure will continue to do. I just ask that if you have a little money left over, you donate it to help my sister help others.