Addiction Awareness Scholarship Campaign 2020 Round 2 – Mental Health essay

Name: Quanah

Mental Health essay

Mental Health Essay

To Whom It May Concern:

When a human being is brought into this world, we are not excepted how life will be. I am twenty-two-year-old Native American female, a will descripted example of the awareness addiction. Growing up in a poverty household was extremely difficult to understand. I was raised by my grandmother; I watched my single mother try her hardest to work for a better life for the both of us. My biological father was not in life, he chose to abandon it when I was only 8 months old. It was when I turned the age of five whenever my mother was informed, he had committed suicide. Mental health has always been a huge topic to me, it still feels like my family does not focus on a person’s feelings or thoughts, or the depression could just pass down genetically through my father. I was six years old when my mother felt like it was the right time to move on into another relationship. As an adolescent, I often seen my mother get abused in this relationship. It was not always easy watching her continue to try in this relationship, sometimes I wonder what life would be like if she had left him, but my two siblings were such a beautiful blessing to my life. They keep me going, especially being the first generation to strive in college. During my elementary years, a couple of boys would molest me at school. I knew it was wrong but whenever I tried my best to have a voice, I just could not process it completely.

Whenever I started college in Kansas, I was so immune to a free environment. This is where I have come to understand my purpose and destiny. I went through a difficult phase when I started to experience drugs and alcohol in college. Whenever I was under the influence, this is when I would feel my pain from my childhood. Once I got into my first relationship, it really took a toll on my life. I was in this relationship for about one year, and I was abused mentally, physically, and emotionally. I will never wish that kind of pain I experienced to anyone because no matter what you have been through it should not define your character and actions of how a person treats people. I was super vulnerable and immune to females getting treated in this type of form, especially seeing it through my parents. It was so exhausting to the point I tried to commit suicide, twice. The very last time in that moment, I knew I could not give up this way. My junior year of college arrived, and this is where I got the amazing news that I was accepted in my bachelors’ program in business administration.

No matter how many times I wanted to give up my education I am so grateful I continued. When I came back home to visit for my winter break, I noticed that majority of my family members on my mother’s side are all alcoholics. This is when I knew I did not want anything to do with drugs or alcohol and I have been strongly clean for a year and a half.

Last semester, I recently got an email that I made the Dean’s Honor Roll. This journey was not easy for me and sometimes it still is not because of my anxiety. However, once I draw myself back into reality of bettering myself it makes me want to reach further. The reason why I want to pursue my degree in business administration is to represent a powerful human resource worker to withhold correct paperwork with Native Americans and having that proper balance of fairness to my people and future generations.