Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Month: June 2019 (page 2 of 2)

Fifty years later

Essondale Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart. Proverbs 3:3   My husband and I recently celebrated our fiftieth wedding anniversary, something many who know our story marvel at. I’m amazed when I look back and remember our many struggles – especially […]


Something new

“Forget the former things; do not dwell on the past. See, I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up; do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams in the wasteland.” Isaiah 43:18-19   When we feel at our worst, when we remember the bad stuff in […]


Elevating the sick to the place of Jesus

There are a lot of wonderful people out there, helping the less fortunate. But in some ways – for the good of the people they care for – attitudes need to be adjusted. I believe that’s especially true for those who support people with mental health problems. Quoting a section of Philip Yancey’s book, Soul […]


Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness

  This book by Graham Thornicroft discusses the following:  “People with mental illness commonly describe the stigma and discrimination they face as being worse than their main condition. Discrimination can pervade every part of their daily life – their personal life, working life, sense of citizenship, their ability to maintain even a basic standard of […]

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