Depression - Walking Into The Darkness

A Conversation with Sue Tell

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In this conversation Sharon Betters talks with Sue Tell about her reaction to her husband Bill’s severe burnout and depression. After over forty years of serving on the staff of The Navigators, Bill suddenly slid into a dark pit of depression. He was incapable of “pulling himself up by his own bootstraps”.  Sue describes how their lives dramatically changed from regularly pouring their lives out in ministry to closing the door of their home in order to give Bill time to heal. Along the way, Sue discovered treasures that not only strengthened her to walk with Bill in the darkness, but brought new depth to their marriage.

Check back soon to hear Sue's husband, Bill, share his story.

Sue Tell’s Biography


Sue Tell and her husband Bill have been married for over forty years and have served on the staff of The Navigators for over forty years as well. Although their official roles have changed over the  years, the campus ministry has always been a part of their lives. Sue writes a weekly faith-based blog, Echoes of Grace. She also enjoys facilitating Sabbath-Living retreats to help women grow in their friendship with God. Bill and Sue have two married sons, five grands, and her favorite walking buddy, a Golden Retriever named Lexie.

You can hear more from Sue at her blog, Echoes of Grace.

Read more about Sue's husband's struggle with depression in his book, Lay it Down.


Bill Tell’s Interviews

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Bill Tell experienced severe burnout and depression without warning and he discovered he could not “pull himself up by his own bootstraps”. Depression was like the hand of a giant pushing him deeper and deeper into darkness he could not fight on his own. Bill’s honest account of this lonely and dark time encourages each of us to review the grid through which we live life.

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