Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: awareness

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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Understanding people who don’t understand

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  101  (September 19, 2007) In the last post I talked about how my congregation learned to understand and support people with mental illness. I think one important thing that helps me when I try to educate and help people understand mental health issues – whether it’s through writing or meeting with them […]

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If only…

LIVING ROOM 3 (August 30, 2006) If only we did not feel such shame. If only it were safer for us to speak and tell others. If only there were no stigma… I can’t let this topic go. I first decided to come out in the open when I read the following by Dr. John […]

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Too sensitive?

  But blessed are your eyes because they see, and your ears because they hear. Matthew 13:16   I’ve been told I’m too sensitive – that it causes pain I shouldn’t have. Pain from feelings of rejection – whether real or perceived. I’m told it’s an illness – a bad one. But although some of […]

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