Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: I Will not Hide (page 1 of 2)

To be treated as human

Since 1993, when the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick but No One Brought me Flowers, I have fought to reduce the stigma of mental illness. I’ve never stopped. And now, when I’m suffering the effects of having been severely discriminated against a few years ago, I realize I mustn’t stop fighting. I’ve learned what […]


I was a clingy person

During my nine years of leading Living Room and raising awareness in the church, there was nothing that gave me more shame than my inability to leave my best supporters alone. In my book I Will Not  Hide I tell this honest truth about myself. A good part of the book shows how—in my neediness—I […]


I’m sorry – one more thing

  I do want to say one more thing about I Will Not Hide ( because I believe it’s the most important book I’ve written, and probably the last one to address problems faced by people with mental health issues What I share with you here, are some bits and pieces from the Introduction of […]


I will not hide: my life with mental illness

A book to reduce stigma and increase compassion by marja bergen. Soon available at “In her book I Will Not Hide Marja Bergen uses her strikingly clear and powerful voice to tell the story of her recovery in relation to bipolar disorder. With over 50 years of experience of receiving mental health care, she […]


No lesser, nor greater

He made himself nothing by taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.  And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself by becoming obedient to death— even death on a cross! Philippians 2:7-8   My book I Will Not Hide will soon be on its way to the […]


Come to me as a child? Really?

  EXCERPT 8 – I WILL NOT HIDE  (Last excerpt) I was treated like a child, though I wasn’t aware I was behaving like one. Even now, as I look back, I find it hard to believe I showed the child in me to the extent I did. I had thought my child lived mostly […]


All I knew how to be – excerpt

EXCERPT 7 – I WILL NOT HIDE (One more excerpt to come) Sept 2018: In going through my journals from years ago, I read about all the friends I had. Friends to talk with and do things with. All was good and happy. I helped many individuals with their depression. Talking with them, walking, having […]


Me? an activist? – excerpt 6

From I Will not Hide April 2012: I don’t like myself very much right now. Who do I think I am, anyway, making such a big deal over something I disagreed with my pastor on? Am I cut out to be an activist? I don’t think all this disagreeing and fussing over things makes me […]


In a snowstorm yet, Excerpt 5 from my book

  IN A SNOWSTORM YET In March 2008 a big snowstorm surprised us on a Living Room day. And it was almost April! Snowflakes fell, huge and thick and fast. They were sticking to the grass and to the trees. With all that snow, we expected to have a smaller turnout than usual. We made […]


A dizzy soul – excerpt 4

  EXCERPT 4 – I WILL NOT HIDE June 2007: I’ll be going to Bible study in a little while and I know that one question our facilitator, Mary, told us she will be asking is, “How is your soul?” I would have to answer that it’s rather dizzy right now, though it is improving. […]

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