Nice topic! It's cool to read about the different ways SH helped/helps people. Squadhelp really helped me while I was immigrating to the U.S. on an artist visa and for a while served as my main source of income since I had nothing better going for me. Really helped paid the rent and the bills but I was basically living at Mcdonalds eating from the $1 menu on a daily basis.
At the time there were less contests and lower prizes. I think nowadays it's probably easier to have Squadhelp as a main source of income especially if you're living in certain countries though there are also more contestants now so a lot of time and effort have to be invested in order to get to or beyond $1000-$2000/month, which still isn't something that can get a person ahead in life, at least not in the U.S. Domaining has become a much more reliable and rewarding source of income to me. Just to compare with a $1000-$2000 month at SH which I think is pretty hard to reach for most- this past week I sold 3 domains for $1888, $1495 and $888. Two were hand registered in a promo and cost me around $1.5 each. The third one cost me $150. Some weeks are better than others but overall- the income has been steady, it's incredibly higher and it's more passive. I do spend a lot of time looking for more domains to buy, but I love the hunt and I feel like my time is better spent.
It's still always great getting a 'Cha-ching' or a 'Congratulations! You just won...' email but I wouldn't recommend counting on SH as a main source of income for the long haul. No matter how good you are, you're going to waste the majority of your time on contests you won't win. So it's better to invest only the amount of time that makes sense and that doesn't burn you out- and try to find something you know you can count on and that could get you higher income.
p.s. Sorry to hear about your mom and your medication related issue, @ScoutFinch. I hope things will improve soon.