Stacey says that HYPA has helped her enjoy her life again.

As a 15-year-old attending high school in Adelaide’s north west, Stacey was struggling to cope. She found herself experiencing significant anxiety with her schooling. A fear of failure led to further disconnection from school, and her social circle. Her overall wellbeing suffered and she felt low in self-esteem.

In 2018, Stacey began receiving support from the HYPA Alternative Learning team. She works with a case manager, and attends the group learning environment at Studio West. The safe environment has helped Stacey gain more confidence in herself and her capabilities. Over the past two years here, she has been able to make valuable connections to staff and peers.

Those around her describe Stacey as friendly, warm and kind. She likes reading, watching TV and listening to music. She enjoys being out in nature and learning about animals. You will often find her holding a deep conversation about topics like psychology and spirituality.

At Studio West, Stacey has been involved in social activities such as nature walks and volunteering at Kadesh Farm, which has also helped strengthened her connection with the environment. Now 17 years old, a recent class visit to Adelaide University helped her affirm thoughts of pursuing tertiary education in the future.

Stacey says she feels more confident and positive about herself. She is feeling optimistic about her future and a strong general sense of direction and positive outlook in life.

“I went from dreading social settings to enjoying them. I know I’m not alone in this, not anymore.”

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