Real Lives: Zoe

Real Lives: Zoe

~Real Lives: A series of true stories from the eyes of our in-house counselor. 

Zoe was 15 years old when she became pregnant. Her home life was chaotic and unstable. Zoe made the decision to leave her home and come into the program at Lifehouse in an effort to give her child a safer, more stable environment. When Zoe entered Lifehouse program, she had not been to school in a year. One of her goals was to finish her high school education. Zoe had been enrolled in a high school that was far from her home and made no provisions for young mothers with children. The staff at Lifehouse was able to facilitate a school transfer for her to a school that provided on-site daycare for student mothers.

Having an unstable home environment was not the only difficulty that Zoe faced. Zoe was diagnosed with bi-polar disorder as a child. Zoe told Lifehouse staff that this disorder runs in her family. Her mother has it, she has it, and Zoe worries that she may pass this disorder onto her child. According to a study of 70,000 teens girls performed in Ontario, researchers found that, “Girls age 15 to 19 with a diagnosis of a major mental illness, such as bipolar disorder, are almost three times as likely to give birth as adolescents without mental health issues.” A reason for this number is that many girls who suffer from bipolar disorder also exhibit impulsive behaviors which can often result in pregnancy.

Zoe made and has stayed with her decision to remain in school. She credits her child for being a big part of this decision. Zoe said she want to set a good example for her child and show her child that even though goals can be difficult to achieve, it is possible to do so if you are willing to work hard.

If you or someone you know could use the same help as Zoe received, please contact us today at (502) 897-1655.

Beth Willis

Lifehouse Social Worker/Counselor