Free lecture from UofL focuses on role of spirituality in treating depression


    LOUISVILLE, Ky. – “Building Hope in Depression: The Role of Religion and Spirituality” will be the focus of the Building Hope Lecture Series presentation in September from the University of Louisville Depression Center.

    The program will be held from 7-8 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 22, at the Second Presbyterian Church, 3701 Old Brownsboro Rd. Admission is free.

    Presenting will be Brian Briscoe, M.D., of Kentucky Psychiatric and Mental Health Services, speaking on “Integrating Spirituality into a Comprehensive Understanding of Patients.” Also speaking will be Anne Reed, M.Div., a board-certified chaplain in adult and pediatric psychiatry at Norton and Kosair Children’s Hospitals. She will address “Spirituality and Depression: Encouraging Healing in the Broken Places.”

    Moderating the discussion as the presenting chair will be Allan Josephson, M.D., professor and vice-chair for child and adolescent psychiatry services in the UofL School of Medicine and CEO of the Bingham Clinic.

    The presentation will provide information on how religion and spirituality can predispose someone toward depression as well as how they help play a role in preventing and treating depression. An examination of how clergy and mental health professionals can collaborate more effectively to help patients also will be discussed.

    The event is part of the “Building Hope” public lecture series sponsored by the UofL Depression Center, Kentuckiana’s leading resource for depression and bipolar disorder treatment, research and education.

    For information, contact the UofL Depression Center at (502) 813-6634.

    Jill Scoggins is Director of Communications at UofL's Louis D. Brandeis School of Law. She has been at UofL since 2010.