This coming week I will be speaking to the Concordia Deaconess Conference about the topic of depression and mental illness. I’ll have about four hours with these fine ladies, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity.
My plan right now is to divide the presentation into two parts. The first part will be on living with depression. This section will be an overview of the book, and trying to provide some insight into the mind of the depressed and/or mentally ill. The second part will be on how to serve those who suffer with depression and/or mental illnesses of various types, and how to serve their families.
So my question for you today is this: if you had this opportunity, what would you want to teach about and why? How do you see the role of deaconesses and others in your congregations when it comes to serving those in need, especially with mental illnesses? Do they have a place? What is the place? Are they better suited to serve the family, or the person directly? I have my own ideas on these subjects, but I would love to hear yours as well.