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When It Comes to Mental Illness, Watch Your Language

As a writer, an editor, and an advocate for people affected by mental illness, a few years back, I was deeply encouraged to learn of a new entry in the Associated Press Stylebook, offering guidelines on how to describe and characterize mental illness. As the definitive guide to using language in American journalism, the AP […]

A Vision for the Church: A Stigma-Free Zone

I recently talked with my friend Julie Baier, and I wanted you to be able to listen in on our conversation. Julie is devoted to helping people with mental illness and their loved ones receive good support, particularly in and through churches. Julie is the co-founder of a church-based support group, a board member for […]

It’s Mental Health Awareness Month, and We’re All in This Together

For a brief period in my life, I worked as an office temp. This was early in my career, when my husband and I moved from Chicago to Denver so he could finish his graduate degrees. Moving had meant quitting my job in publishing, and I was looking for another position in this, my chosen […]

Guest Post: Why Your Church Needs a Mental Health Inclusion Strategy

I’m very happy to bring you this guest post by Dr. Stephen Grcevich. Dr. Grcevich is a psychiatrist, an author, and a person who cares a lot about the experiences that children with disabilities–and their families–have within our churches (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him, his work, […]

Check Out This Critical Training Opportunity for Youth Workers

Because mental illness most often begins in childhood and adolescence, youth workers are among our most critical compassionate caregivers, right at the front lines of mental health care. Consider this: • One in every five adolescents has had a serious mental health disorder at some point in their life. • Half of all mental health […]

Unsatisfied: A Sneak Peek at My Brand-New Book!

Back in my preteen and teenage years, I first found I just couldn’t buy into some of the prevailing stories I often heard repeated in my broader Christian community. These messages were too simple, too neat in their claims—including the claim that Christians should be happier than everyone else, fearless, and consistently radiant in our […]

Guest Post: Living in the Aftermath of Suicide

I’m pleased to bring you this guest post by my friend Al Hsu. Al is an author and an editor responsible for bringing many great books into being (at the end of this post, you can learn a little more about him and his work). He’s also a survivor of a loved one’s death by […]

Who’s in Your Spiritual Family?

If you know anything about me and my most common writing topics, you know my family of origin has seen our share of rough times. Severe mental illness, along with its attendant hardships, is capable of disrupting every aspect of family life, including connections between family members. I’m familiar with those disruptions, and I’m thankful […]

Grace for the Afflicted: A Book Review

I’ve been looking forward to posting this review of Matthew Stanford’s revised and expanded book. I first read this book when I was writing Troubled Minds, and I found it to be a very solid, informative, thoughtful work. I’m glad Stanford and InterVarsity Press have worked to update it because it was first published in […]

Q&A: How Can I Ask My Church for Help with Mental Illness?

I receive a lot of inquiries from people asking for advice about living with mental illness, loving someone with a mental disorder, and doing ministry among people with mental illness and their families. I can’t offer the kind of advice and help a mental health professional can give, but I can point people in the […]

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