A story about overcoming - Vicky Seagars
After Vicky fell pregnant following completing her A-Levels, she became consumed by a depression that affected every part of her life. And after her second child was born, she again started to do less and less with her friends and quickly gave up on all of her dreams. She was suffering daily panic attacks and felt unable to go out alone. Soon, Vicky felt that it is causing suffering not only to her but to her whole family.
After her eldest enrolled in school and Vicky was suffering another setback in her mental health, she visited the Family Liasion Officer - Sue - at her child's school. Sue listened to Vicky and helped her get more counselling to battle her issues, but she also encouraged Vicky to think about her dreams and about what she'd like her life to look like, something Vicky hadn't thought of in a long time. Sue told Vicky that she is welcome to join Family courses running at her child's school, provided by Kent Adult Education. Whilst Vicky had her worries since she had been out of education for seven years, Sue helped her overcome those and get back into learning.
On those courses, Vicky met other parents who had similar worries or anxieties and she soon felt less alone. Vicky soon started to remember what it was like to enjoy learning and trying new things. One course turned into two, turned into three. She actually wanted to enrol on a Family English course but her grades were too high. Instead, Vicky's KAE tutor encouraged her to take a bigger step and apply to University to finally realise her dream of becoming a midwife. With her and Sue's support, Vicky applied and was soon accepted.
Vicky is now enjoying her life and career. She says: "I have realised it’s never too late, with the right support and the courage, to go outside of my comfort zone. If I can do it then anyone can, it’s so important that those opportunities are there for people to just take one step at a time, then they really can continue to learn for the rest of their lives".Browse our Family courses here