From THE TELEGRAPH:
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s daughter has described her battle with “unbearable” bouts of depression and challenged the Church of England to “eradicate the stigma” surrounding mental illness. Katharine Welby, 26, said she often found herself consumed by a “black veil of nothing” and in her darkest moments could see “no hope in the world” and cannot stop herself from crying. Miss Welby, who works for a Christian charity, wants the Church to accept that life is “not always rosy” and can for many people be “complex and frightening”. She said that while she knew that “God will stand by me with every step”, it was a “shame that so often his people will not.”
I just don’t believe this. Welby sided with the Bishop of Newcastle who kept trying, and eventually managed to sack me and completely ruin my life because I spent some time in hospital with depression (the bishop of Newcastle didn’t believe that a person who had ever suffered from mental health problems should ever have the responsibility for a parish). He showed absolutely no understanding of mental illness and the pain I feel because I’ve been pushed under the carpet by the church. My guess is that Welby keeps going on about bankers and company bosses because it’s easier for him than getting involved in the messy personal stuff of life. When I asked him for help he accused me of being manipulative. When I said that I felt hurt by that accusation he told me that if I couldn’t handle such criticism I shouldn’t be a parish priest. When I asked him to intervene to level the playing field for me as mental illness was a stigma that makes it difficult to get interviews for jobs he told me that he wouldn’t help because parishes were supposed to not discriminate against the disabled unless the disability might effect how they do the job.