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True leaders bleed: Why Justin Welby’s honesty on depression is a gift to the Church

The following excerpt is from an article that originally appeared on Christian Today

The Archbishop of Canterbury has once again shown humble, inspired leadership for the Church, recently describing his mental health struggle with the ‘black dog’ of depression.

An unkind and misguided Daily Mail piece by Quentin Letts recently asked ‘What IS the point in the Archbishop of Canterbury?’ Well, this is Welby’s ‘point’, at least in part: leading the Church not with an iron fist but with humility and vulnerability. True leaders bleed. 

Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby has spoken up about his own experience of depression.Reuters

In a time when clerics are increasingly regarded with suspicion, or seen as privileged and distant from everyday affairs, Welby has chosen to bear his own scars to the watching world. His role is one laden with pressured prestige, but the Archbishop reminds us that he’s still only human.

Speaking to Alastair Campbell for GQ, Welby described feeling ‘beyond description, hopeless’, and that while even a

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