Presentation on theme: "Suicide - Mental Illness or Spiritual Crisis? David Webb - suicide survivor Exclusion and Embrace Conversations about spirituality and disability 3rd Australian."— Presentation transcript:
Suicide - Mental Illness or Spiritual Crisis? David Webb - suicide survivor Exclusion and Embrace Conversations about spirituality and disability 3rd Australian conference, October 2001
Is Depression a Genuine Illness? defined solely in terms of symptoms the many forms of depression the many causes of depression mental illness and madness - the disabling them-and-us exclusion of psychiatric labels depression as a cause of suicide? the beyondblue initiative
The Medical Model. an illness of the brain, the organ of the mind the chemical imbalance of the brain theory anti-depressant medications is subduing symptoms recovery?
The Psychological Model. a dysfunction of the mind from psychoanalysis to cognitive behaviour therapy (CBT) talking cures notions of self - the mind as the essence of our being are better coping strategies recovery?
The Psychosocial Model. disability due to social exclusion nurture and develop strengths and talents rather than pathologising change environmental sources of disability more wholistic, interdisciplinary must also heal society/communities Current trend - the biopsychosocial approach
The Psychospiritual Model. that which is other than mundane and gives meaning and purpose to being the suicidal question: What does it mean to me that I exist? a question the mind cannot answer: that which is other than mundane liberation through spiritual awareness: meaning and purpose to being
A Way Forward … a reconciliation of science and spirit embrace the differences - humbly accept our ignorance - an ecological, interdisciplinary approach - learning to speak with each other resist exclusion - reject them-and-us labels - challenge illegitimate authority - citizens not consumers