“I was 15 when I fell pregnant. I’d always struggled with depression and anxiety. I never understood the importance of education which meant I didn’t take school seriously. When I found out I was pregnant, it had a major effect on this. The depression disappeared. I finally had purpose, reason to live. I had to do well for my baby. I needed to ensure he grew up happy and healthy. While pregnant, I attended a school for young mums. I instantly excelled. I gained my UE, was top in my subjects, I was Student Of The Year and was appointed Deputy Head Girl. None of this potential would’ve been unleashed if it weren’t for Luka.
Getting pregnant young, battling stereotypes and finishing study as a young mum – It wasn’t easy! While you’re still growing up, you’re raising a child!
My son saved me. Falling pregnant gave me my purpose to live. I have two children now and I’m proud of my parenting.
Young mums – your world isn’t over! Don’t let barriers get in the way of your success. I haven’t overcome depression but I’m more open about it. It’s something that needs to be talked about more.”