Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: January 2019 (page 2 of 14)

Fully faceted support

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  232  (April 14, 2009) The importance of a support system is common knowledge, especially when you have a mental health issue. Actually, everyone alive needs some kind of support system. I spoke in my last post about how hard it can be to find people who will listen to us and support […]

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Comments on friends to turn to (2019)

Friends I was able to turn to are no longer. Those who knew me best. Those who were close during my Living Room years. Those who were like father and mother, giving comfort when I needed. All are gone. A lot was my fault. I became too much for them. Later, I myself was no […]

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Where can I turn?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  231  (April 12, 2009) My roller coaster ride will not stop. I don’t feel so depressed that I don’t want to do anything. Just feel an overwhelming sense of sadness. Trouble with me is that I feel a need to reach out – to draw comfort from others. Yet that kind of […]

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Where has the love gone? (2019)

I ended the last post saying: “It’s just that people too often forget to act out the meat of Christ’s message: To love our neighbour and to love God. It’s all about love, isn’t it? Let us not forget to love each other.” The above came from the depth of my heart. This message from […]

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Jesus’ subversive spirituality

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  230  (April 8, 2009) I’m reading The End of Religion by Bruxy Cavey, the pastor of The Meeting House, “a church for people who aren’t into church.” I’ve been reading quite a few books about Jesus’ radical nature and find them exciting. The Christian church has gotten hung up on so many […]

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Treated like a nuisance (2019)

I’m following up on the previous post where I talked about how it feels to be abandoned by friends. It helps a lot if we can think of Jesus and what he went through. It helps to identify with him and draw close in fellowship. But back to my experiences a few year ago: Painful, […]

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Abandoned by friends

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  229  (April 6, 2009) This morning I received an encouraging comment from a blogger – God’s answer for some of what I’ve been going through.  She wrote: “Your words serve a purpose that you may never even know about. I believe that as we speak from our hearts about how we are […]

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Need for awareness

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  228  (April 2, 2009) After a week of feeling down, I’m now back to my energetic self. I got a lot done yesterday and today. I’ll probably be doing a presentation at a major bookstore and a signing at another bookstore during Mental Health Week, May 4 – 10. Now I’m trying […]

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Friends vs supporters (2019)

Why is it so hard for people with mental illness to have friends who don’t have a mental illness? Why do supporters fail to see that we need friends as well as support? Why don’t our supporters share their lives with us, in the way we do with them? Sometimes it seems as though people […]

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Just a project?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  227  (March 31, 2009) I’m trying to deal with an understanding I’ve come to that one of my friends simply considers me a project – someone to support because I have bipolar. And that hurts. I’ve always considered her one of my best friends, feeling her love and care. She has been […]

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