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Helping Is More Than Good Intentions

Several years ago, when our children were small, I suffered a back injury that meant unexpected surgery and a long, miserable recovery period. Like many people experiencing a family crisis of one kind or another, we had trouble keeping up with the basic demands of life. I was working for a Christian publisher at the […]

We’re Still Not the Center of the Universe

I recently revisited an old post on this blog, and I was struck by how relevant still is and how helpful it might be to post it again (you can read the original here, if you’d like). Surrounded as we are by sales pitches, hysterical rhetoric, and outright propaganda, it’s far too easy for us […]

Confessions of a Ministry Introvert, Part 2

If you haven’t read the first part of this article, you can find it here: https://wp.me/p2k48X-1OY Temperament appears to be heavily influenced by neurochemistry—the collection of brain chemicals and the path of blood flow through the brain. Emerging brain science tells us introversion and extroversion show in our neural pathways. One study found that introverts […]

Confessions of a Ministry Introvert, Part 1

Like many young adults in the church, in my twenties I got involved in youth ministry. It seemed a logical place to use my gifts: I cared about teenagers and was young enough that things hadn’t changed all that much since I was in their shoes. I grew up in the church, and youth workers […]

Mental Health and the Church: A Book Review

I’m so excited to review this book for you. It’s taken me a while to get around to doing this because the book released earlier this year, at the same time as my new book. I’ve had plenty to do, spreading the word about Blessed Are the Unsatisfied. I want to highlight this book now […]

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 […]

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