Oct 12, 2017 by Will Maule

Archbishop Welby Says He Has Felt 'Hopeless' With 'Black Dog' Of Depression

The Archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby has revealed his battle with depression, saying that at times he has felt hopeless. Speaking to Alastair Campbell in GQ Magazine Welby said: 

"I think if you had asked me a year ago I'd have said no, and ten years ago I would have said absolutely not. But what was that phrase Churchill used? "Black dog"."

He continued: "There is an element of that. I think as I am getting older I am realising it does come from time to time. I have those moments - you would know this - when objectively everything is fine, but you think you are, beyond description, hopeless."

When asked for his advice on dealing with depression, Welby said, "Read Psalm 88. I bet you will find someone in there going through genuine chronic depression. When I get like that, I may feel without hope, I may feel all kinds of things, but I also talk to God."

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