Lisa Owens, CEO
Hope was out of reach for me when I suffered with depression.
I remember feeling numb and exhausted, but never hopeful. I was in a deep, dark hole and I saw no way out. The thought of getting better was overshadowed by thoughts of survival - living one minute to the next.
Eventually I battled my way back to health, with the aid of medication, therapy and healthy lifestyle changes. When I did feel like myself again, I was so relieved to experience life after depression that I thought my suffering, my battle and my recovery could have a purpose. I wanted to share a message I didn't believe for a long time: you can get better.
This was in 2013 and over the next few years I worked with an amazing community of volunteers to create a course that would help educate and empower those suffering with depression & anxiety. I called it Hope in Depression. I have been well for many years now and believe that what I have learned through the development of this course has kept me well.
My purpose is sharing that hope and knowledge with the world. Depression is an isolating illness and I do not want anyone to suffer alone. It's ironic that our first response to feeling depressed is to isolate ourselves, when in fact community is the first step to recovery. Being open and sharing our experience can show us a light at the end of the tunnel.
As a team we believe that everyone matters and I hope you will see that for everyone: there is always HOPE.