Lori Rogers, from Lechlade, has proven that with hard work and perseverance, it is possible to move from surviving to thriving.
Last year, she set up her own business in Lechlade town centre – Loriland Creative Arts. Just over six months on, her shop is a haven for people interested in art, as well as being a showcase for the work of local artists and craftspeople.
Lori shared her story: “I have clinical depression. Around 2000, I was hospitalised with a nervous breakdown and went on to a number of medications.
“I’ve been in three psychiatric wards and been sectioned.
“I try to be very open about my mental health issues to help raise awareness and tackle some of the stigma around mental health.
“It has been very tough, but I have battled back through it, including coming off my medication. I’ve faced a lot of challenges and take it a day at a time.
“When I took on the three-year lease for the shop, I had no idea what I was going to do with it, but it has evolved and grown and I’ve had lots of positive feedback from people.
“People started to approach me and people would come in and then share my story with other people. Now we have 16 different artists and crafts people exhibiting in the shop.
“Running Loriland has allowed me to re-establish my credibility in the town. The biggest change for people with mental illness is that they can often get stuck in the system and not know how to get out, or how to go back to work, for example.
“The transition from being dependant to getting back into the workplace can be hard. My shop provides the opportunity for interactions with people and gives a sense of purpose, which all helps that transition.
“It’s a step at a time, but I am getting there.”
Help and support
Our Let’s Talk service can offer help and support if you are suffering with depression, please visit www.talk2gether.nhs.uk for more information. You can refer yourself to Let’s Talk or you can ask your GP to refer you.
If you think you may have depression, you should visit your GP who will be able to help you further. If your GP agrees, they will refer you to our services so you can be assessed and given help and support. For further information about depression, please visit www.2gether.nhs.uk/conditions/depression.