The Lions – Releasing Possibility

Lisa Owens

Project: Hope in Depression
Location: England, UK

About Me

I am a creative, project starter, and passionate fighter for the rights of sufferers of depression and anxiety. I am the founder and CEO of the Hope in Depression charity. I am an author of our course book and a public speaker with lived experience of depression and anxiety. I am grateful for Gods saving grace. He changed my life from black and white living to a technicoloured life. I am married to Brent and we have 3 children.

About My Project

I started Hope in Depression as an outreach for our church back in October 2013 and we became a registered charity in July 2018. After recovering from life-threatening post-natal depression, I knew there had to be a reason for this terrifying experience, otherwise what was the point of that! I did not want anyone to suffer the way I had suffered. God has helped me through the darkest times, often sending His children to reach out to me. Hence the need to create a community, a safe space, a place to lay down the ‘I’m fine’ mask and say how they really feel. We are called to be in a relationship with God and with each other. Isolation is not Gods way.

Over the years I have developed the course from a 4-week course to a 6-week course. Our speakers are the biggest gift to the course. We have a psychiatrist, GP (General Practitioner), therapist, mindfulness instructor, nutritional therapist, and fitness instructor. The course covers a different subject each week. These subjects are designed to start the conversation. We create a community of fellow sufferers and supporters, which in turn normalises their experiences and introduces them to people they can lean on who understand. Their tribe if you will.
Our USP is that the course is for both sufferers and supporters who want to know how to help their loved ones, friends, or colleagues. Our course partners have historically been Churches, but we are now preparing to respond to the demand that is coming from schools and universities.

I have seen first-hand the weight lift off our delegate’s shoulders as they realise, they are not alone. Our last course had 100% of the delegates say their mood improved and that they had benefitted from the course. This course saves lives.

After filming our speaker talks back in 2018, we were able to successfully pivot during the pandemic and bring our course online. This has allowed us to serve people from all over the world.