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         Mental Illness
                    & Spirituality

‘Out of the depths


This website is funded

and developed by the Wood Family

in loving memory of

Mrs June Wood

Vale June Wood Details

One of the founding members of

A Nouwen Network.

A Nouwen Network is a ‘grassroots’ nonprofit outreach and receives no financial support from any organization. All activities are entirely voluntary.

The material presented is assembled in good faith. Links to other websites are inserted for convenience

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We are unable to provide crisis support or counselling.

If you have Domestic Violence, Abuse or Suicide issues, please seek professional advice on how to protect yourself, as well as seeking prayer support.

Contact information:

If you or someone you know needs immediate help, call Lifeline (24 hours): 13 11 14.

If you have a non-urgent health concern and you’re not sure what to do call

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Contact details for other agencies offering information, resources and support services are available at:

The Australian Psychological Society 


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Out of the depths is unique in that it is an Australian site solely for resources on the theme of mental illness ministry, prayer and spirituality. These resources have been presented like an anthology so they can be readily accessed by those needing them, whether those with a mental health concern, their families, pastors or support workers.

To give new hope. We trust that those visiting this site will know you are loved, accepted and supported in your journey with mental health concerns – however that particular journey has been unfolding.  One of our desires for this resource is for you to know that you are not alone in your journey, and that there are those in our churches who do care and who would like to be an encouragement to you as you go through your tough times and also as you experience the joys of life.

May all who visit Out of the depths be blessed, encouraged and inspired as you read (or quickly browse) the content.

“Writing about the spiritual life is like making prints from negatives … Often it is the dark forest that makes us speak about the open field. Frequently prison makes us think about freedom, hunger helps us to appreciate food, and war gives us words for peace. Not seldom are our vision of the future born out of the sufferings of the present and our hope for others out of our own despair. Only few ‘happy endings’ make us happy but often someone’s careful and honest articulation of the ambiguities, uncertainties, and painful conditions of life gives us new hope. The paradox is indeed that new life is born out of the pains of the old.” 

Henri Nouwen   

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Our website’s banner image was taken after a bushfire in the Grampians in Victoria. It expresses our desire ‘to give new hope’ as it is an iconic Australian image of resilience and new growth