Our expert says:
your story is a very sad one and you have been through a lot. It sounds as if your mothers actions have made you very unhappy, but somehow you don't get heard.
I think it is really important for you to have someone to talk to, and I also think this needs to be someone who is outside of the family so that you can speak openly and honestly about how you feel. I don't know if its possible for you to see a Psychologist by letting your mom know that you are unhappy and need help? If not another alternative is to speak to a school counsellor if you have one. If neither of these are possible I strongly suggest you contact childline, as they will be able to put you in touch with services in your local area.
What is important is that your story and your experiences are valid, and you have been very strong to deal with things so far. Don't give up on yourself, and dowhat you can to get some support.
You can contact Childline at www.childline.org.za or toll free on 08000 55555
Take care and best wishes
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