Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

What’s so special about Living Room?

  Peer support groups like Living Room are special. They offer what isn’t available from groups facilitated by those who haven’t experienced mental illness. When the facilitator hasn’t had lived experience, there’s a danger that they will give messages of Christian platitudes like: “Pray, and you’ll be okay.” or, “Stay close to God and he […]

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What happened?

  I had been an innovative leader in 2006, with the help of God doing much to help people with mental health problems. But a few years ago I left the church, shunned by people who used to be friends. I’ve been reviewing my old journals and blog posts, trying to make sense of what […]

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Jesus up close

  At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned and revealed them to little children.” Matthew 11:25   (First published February 10, 2018) Have you ever tried to bring yourself back to the child you used to be […]

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They know not what they do

    When they came to the place called the Skull, they crucified him there, along with the criminals—one on his right, the other on his left.  Jesus said, “Father, forgive them, for they do not know what they are doing.”] And they divided up his clothes by casting lots. Luke 23:33-34   (First published […]

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God and our personalities

  Is there any encouragement from belonging to Christ? Any comfort from his love? Any fellowship together in the Spirit? (Philippians 2:1)   While in hospital in 2015, my psychiatrist determined that I had features of borderline personality disorder (BPD). The diagnosis was made on the basis of the anger and fear of rejection I […]

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A tree planted by the river

Cursed is the one who trusts in man, who draws strength from mere flesh and whose heart turns away from the Lord. That person will be like a bush in the wastelands; they will not see prosperity when it comes. They will dwell in the parched places of the desert, in a salt land where […]

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Representing God

  (first published on May 4, 2011) A few days ago someone told me about a friend with a mental illness who had lost her faith in God because she had been rejected at church. How that upset and angered me! How sad that is! Why would Christians be so unloving? Don’t they remember that […]

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Compassion for those like us

Do you not know? Have you not heard? The LORD is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, […]

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Following Jesus – courageously

  To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps. 1 Peter 2:21   Do you love Jesus enough to follow him – wherever he might lead you? Do you have the courage? If we look into New Testament accounts, we’ll see that […]

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Living room support shut down

    Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.  And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7   Dear friends, Today I want to share with you my […]

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