Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Day by Day (page 2 of 16)

They don’t matter

  Problems arise when accusations made by mistreated people with mental illness are discredited – when what they say is not believed. When they’re not treated as “real” human beings. They become fair game for those who hold a stigma. Those who might become cruel. Abusers think: “Why worry about how I treat them? If […]

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What’s happening to Our New Song?

  I’ve been having a good hard look at my hopes for this ministry – hearing from friends, hearing from God.  And I realize that I should not – with my health condition – even try to organize such a big effort. I remember the troubles I ran into in 2014 when poor health affected […]

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Discriminated against

  Graham Thornicroft, in his book Shunned: Discrimination against people with mental illness said this: “Once a person has been defined as mentally ill, his or her protests are often discredited or, even worse, labelled one more ‘symptom’ of his or her illness.” How should you respond when someone who caused you years of suffering […]

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Our new song – building a vision

  He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:3   I would like to thank those who responded to the email I sent a week ago about a vision to introduce a more comprehensive peer support ministry. This ministry could – amongst other things – offer […]

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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 […]

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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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Our new song – a vision

  He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand. He put a new song in my mouth, a hymn of praise to our God. Psalm 40:2-3   Since 2006 when I founded Living Room […]

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Still here after all

  I had thought I’d been emotionally destroyed. Not the “nice” girl I used to be.  All goodness gone. Forever gone…I had thought. I thought my personality had left me. The person who had shown kindness and love…joy. I thought who I had always been would be no more. But today – amazingly – I […]

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The devil’s work

  It happened again. I cried in my sleep. Loudly, like a child, though sounding like an old woman. Why? Because I remember the goodness I had all my life. I remember how it was taken from me. Cruelly wrenched from my soul. It could only be the work of the devil, he who feels […]

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In the face of persecution

  Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven Matthew 5: 10-12a   In fact, […]

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