Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: December 2018 (page 1 of 8)

Writing for the media

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  74   (June 13, 2007) Yesterday I wrote a little piece for BC Christian News about the mental health service our church had several weeks ago. I also included something about Living Room. Another little effort to hopefully make a bit of difference. If other churches were to read it, I’m hoping […]

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Grateful in spite of…

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  73  (June 12, 2007) What a difference a couple of days can make when you’re dealing with bipolar! In my last post I sounded so strong, yet over the last couple of days I’ve started to feel an inexplicable anxiety, bordering on depression. Inexplicable, because I don’t feel fearful. Explicable perhaps, because […]

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Faith and mental health

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  72  (June 9, 2007) Studies have been done about the benefits of faith to our health, including our mental health. Most of them have found that religious people have a greater ability to cope than people without a faith. One of the top researchers in this field is Dr. Harold Koenig of […]

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Finding the good in the bad

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  71  (May 26, 2007) Yesterday’s Living Room group was good and left me feeling happy, as all those meetings do. I spent the rest of the day savoring it. After having twenty out to our previous meeting, I decided to make a huge table, pushing five long tables together. That made room […]

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Befriending your sickness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  70  (May 22, 2007) I’ve almost finished reading a great book by Mark Buchanan called The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Sabbath. Something he said hit me hard and made me look at something I’ve never considered before. He said, “It’s the most natural thing to befriend your sickness, […]

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Record attendance – need for more groups

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  69  (May 11, 2007) Living Room met today and the afternoon had a party atmosphere. So many of us were there. We had set up four tables joined to each other to make one huge table that will seat 18 people. My co-facilitator thought that perhaps I was overdoing it – and […]

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The service was wonderful!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  68  (May 7, 2007) The mental health service at church surpassed my expectations. It was so wonderful that I spent the rest of yesterday in a bit of a daze, trying to process it all while listening to the CD that was made. The speakers from the Living Room group spoke openly […]

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Mental health service at church

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  67  (May 1, 2007) I very much look forward to this Sunday’s church service. In honor of Mental Health Week (May 7 – 13) our pastor will present a sermon with the title “Out of the Shadows.” He will talk about being a caring community for those who are dealing with mental […]

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Not a positive topic

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  66  (April 28, 2007) At Living Room yesterday we talked about stigma and how it affects our lives with mood disorders. The discussion time was good. Many of the people around the table had thoughts to contribute. But when I tried to find something hopeful to bring out of the discussion, something […]

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Living without shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  65  (April 26, 2007) At Living Room tomorrow I’m going to open a discussion on stigma and how it has – or has not – affected us. I’m sure everyone will have stories of when they’ve been hurt or misunderstood. I believe stigma is the greatest enemy of those who live with […]

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