Sonya experienced mental health problems for many years, including long-term depression and anxiety. This had a significant impact on her career as a full-time teacher, and eventually she felt unable to continue working.
Her local job centre referred her to the Creative Course at Heads Up, which was partly funded by a financial sponsorship with the Connaught Lodge. During this time, her confidence and self-esteem grew enormously and she gained a lot of new friends. She is now volunteering at a local dog rescue centre and hopes that she will be able to return to teaching again.