Sabrina: Light at the End of the Tunnel

Before Sabrina sought mental health services through our Behavioral Health Department, she was struggling with severe depression. She had dropped out of college and was unable to work. From an early age, Sabrina was abandoned not once, but twice by a parental figure. An unstable and toxic household made life very difficult for Sabrina and her two siblings. School quickly became very stressful, with everything that was happening in Sabrina’s home life.

“Sometimes depression can feel like a black hole that drains everything from you, your energy, motivation, and even your will to live. I spent a lot of years feeling stuck in this black hole wishing that I could just stop existing.”

Encouraged by family to seek help, Sabrina came to our Behavioral Health Department in 2012 in hopes of receiving support. She had been accessing services from our Primary Care Clinic since 2010, but had been suffering with depression for 3 years prior. She soon realized the value of this support system and the care and dedication that goes into each and every client.

“I want every youth to know they aren’t alone. You don’t need to suffer in silence when there are people and resources dedicated to helping you… I’m incredibly lucky to have the help of the Daly City Youth Health Center. Without them, I may not be alive today. I still struggle with depression and I still attend regular counseling sessions, but I finally feel like I can see the light at the end of the tunnel.”

Weekly counseling sessions helped Sabrina decrease her level of depressive symptoms, as well as increase her self-awareness and self-efficacy. She was soon referred to the previous Elements for Success program, where we helped her find an internship at the San Mateo Medical Clinic. This gave Sabrina not only experience in the professional arena, but also direction as to her career path.

Sabrina is currently employed part-time and plans to enroll at a community college next calendar year to pursue her interest in the field of Entertainment & Media Management. She is also a Development Intern at the Youth Health Center and enjoys gaining experience in event planning and fundraising.

“The biggest piece of advice I can give you is don’t be afraid to ask for help.”