Since overcoming post-natal depression, Sherrie Rhodes, aged 30, has gone on to give help to some of the most vulnerable and isolated women in the city of Hull.
Sherrie was struck down with debilitating panic attacks in 2005 whilst holidaying in Turkey. Although supported by her family and the Community Psychiatric Nurse, this illness was often misunderstood and she was frequently faced with people telling her, ‘Pull yourself together.’
The turning point came, she says, when she embarked on a lifelong learning programme, part of a community project arranged by Willow, North Hull Women’s Centre in early 2006, designed to boost confidence. After a five-week Aromatherapy course in the heart of her own community, she progressed to a range of
training and learning, including NVQs and Hull University Foundation Award courses in IT, Counselling, Volunteer Training and others to support children’s learning.
In January 2009, she became a volunteer for the Doula project – supporting vulnerable and isolated women during and after pregnancy – and she hopes to become a midwife. Sherrie said, “Whilst my journey’s not always been easy, my determination to overcome post-natal depression, the love of my family and my commitment to learning has inspired and motivated me to overcome many barriers.”