Within our families, community, or workplace, most Australians will have encounters with depressive illness. For some people, it is a temporary and situational experience. For others, it can last a lifetime.
Anxiety and depression are the most common mental health conditions experienced by people in Australia. According to a group of doctors, mental ill health is the number one reason Australians see their GP.
Amongst this serious but common situation, a retired Uniting Church minister is calling for a wholistic approach to treating mental ill health. For Rev. Geoffrey Lilburne, the journey with depression is one that has lasted a lifetime.
Interrupted is Rev. Lilburne’s memoir based on that
experience. It explores what depressive illness is, the role of theology, and
where God is in the midst of depression. The book traces his life as an
academic in Australia and the United States, his growth as a theologian and
minister, as well as his work with the Uniting Church Assembly. A personal story,
it also looks at his successes and failures in professional and personal life.
During Rev. Lilburne’s lifetime, a variety of mental health remedies and treatments have become available, and so the book details what worked and what did not.
On Wednesday, 29 May, Rev. Lilburne launches the book at United Theological College. He will field questions about the book and his experiences. A retired Uniting Church minister, poet, and theologian, he has had a wealth of experience to draw upon.
Joy Interrupted launches at United Theological College on Wednesday, 29 May at 4pm. For more information, check out the Eventbrite page.
Jonathan Foye is Insights’ Editor