This coming week I will be speaking to the Concordia Deaconess Conference about the topic of depression and mental illness. Â I’ll have about four hours with theseÂ fine ladies, and I am really looking forward to the opportunity.
My plan right now is to divide the presentation into two parts. Â The first part will be on living with depression. Â 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. Â 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? Â 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? Â Do they have a place? Â What is the place? Â Are they better suited to serve the family, or the person directly? Â I have my own ideas on these subjects, but I would love to hear yours as well.