Johann Hari On Connection

We are in the grip of a depression pandemic. While the world has, arguably, never been safer or more prosperous, levels of depression and anxiety are on the rise. Instead of relying on medication to solve the problem, does the answer lie in changing the way that we’re living?

Bestselling British journalist and author Johann Hari joins The School of Life to present a radically different way of looking at depression. We are used to thinking of depression and anxiety as the brain malfunctioning, but Hari will argue that perhaps depression is a totally rational response to a modern way of life that seems a bit, well, mad. In this event, Hari will question what the real causes of depression might be.

In his new book Lost Connections: Uncovering The Real Causes of Depression and the Unexpected Solutions, Hari uses his personal experience with depression to break down the myths that surround it. Confronted by studies showing antidepressants are ineffective for most people, he went on to discover that the most common medical explanation for what causes depression and anxiety has never actually been proven. 

In searching for the actual causes and cures for depression, Hari suggests that modern life has left us disconnected, isolated and alienated from meaningful work, from the natural world and from our fellow human beings. 

Why is depression a growing health issue? How can we reconnect to the communities around us? What sort of projects might bring a much-needed sense of meaning and connection back into our lives? 

This challenging and inspiring conversation event, conducted by journalist, Jill Stark, will see Hari discuss his broad research and fascinating case studies to provide concrete, evidence-based solutions to our mental health crisis.


6.15pm            Doors Open
7.00pm            Welcome & Introduction
7.10pm            Johann Hari On Connection
7.40pm            Johann Hari & Jill Stark In Conversation
8.10pm            Audience Q&A
8.30pm            Event Concludes 
8.40pm            Book Sales & Signing 

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'The more you think life is about having stuff and superiority and showing it off, the more unhappy, and the more depressed and anxious, you will be.'
– Johann Hari


Johann Hari is the New York Times bestselling author of Chasing the Scream and most recently, Lost Connections. He was a columnist for the Independent in London for nine years and was twice named Newspaper Journalist of the Year by Amnesty International UK. He has written for the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the GuardianLe MondeSlate, the New Republic and the Nation. He has been awarded the Comment Award for Cultural Commentator of the Year by Editorial Intelligence, and has been named Journalist of the Year by Stonewall. Hari lives in England.


Jill Stark is an award-winning journalist, author and social commentator. She began her journalism career in Scotland before moving to Melbourne where she spent a decade on staff at The Age. Her debut book, High Sobriety - a best-selling memoir about her year off the grog – was released in 2013.  Her second book, Happy Never After: Why The Happiness Fairytale Is Driving Us Mad will be published in July.


Leading writers, economists, historians, philosophers, psychologists, artists and other thinkers offer provocation, inspiration and consolation in the form of advice for living better. Speakers for this strand have been invited by The School of Life to present their own material. Session formats will vary depending on the subject.

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Johann Hari On Connection


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When and where:
  • Tue 8 May 2018 7 – 8.30pm,
    Clarendon Auditorium, Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre, 2 Clarendon St, South Wharf VIC 3006

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Full price: $40.00
Concession: $30.00
(+ $2 booking fee and 1.5% CC fee) 

Valid concession cards include a Health Care Card, Seniors Card, Pensioner Concession Card and current student cards.

This event will include Auslan interpretation.

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