A couple who run a theatre group for people with mental health issues have ‘gone digital’ in their efforts to support their local community throughout lockdown.
Kate and Bill Rodgers founded the Stepping Stone Theatre Group in Gainsborough over five years ago, inspired by Kate’s own personal journey with bi-polar and depression.
Kate, who is originally from Canada, was just 23 when she was first hospitalised following a mental breakdown shortly after she left university and has spoken candidly about her experiences in the past.
She said: “I’ve been mentally ill for around 30 years now. I like to call it an illness as I feel that’s exactly what it is.”
At one stage, Kate spent two years in and out of hospital. Throughout this period, she was chained to hospital beds and sedated by hospital staff whenever she screamed. Kate says that she attempted to take her own life on multiple occasions.
Since the coronavirus pandemic began, Bill and Kate have been forced to rethink how they support their community with their mental health and have taken to producing a podcast aimed at providing a source of comfort, support and advice to those in need.