Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: mental health

Living room passion (2019)

In the last post I wrote “I’m committed to seeing more Living Room groups spring up. I want to see many Living Rooms to serve people who need faith-based support. I want to see this movement securely in place to continue long after I’m gone. Because it’s a valuable ministry, a ministry that all Christians […]

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Comment on a life of love (2019)

In the previous post I quoted from 1 John 4:17 in the Message: “God is love. When we take up permanent residence in a life of love, we live in God and God lives in us.” That helps me see why Living Room used to do me so much good. It also helps me see […]

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Comment on wellness – 2019

How I would love to go back to those days of wellness and joy I described in the previous post! Today things are drastically different.  Not too long before I left the church in 2016 where I had experienced the great love and happiness I have described so far, I was diagnosed with features of […]

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Faith and mental health

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  72  (June 9, 2007) Studies have been done about the benefits of faith to our health, including our mental health. Most of them have found that religious people have a greater ability to cope than people without a faith. One of the top researchers in this field is Dr. Harold Koenig of […]

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The service was wonderful!

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  68  (May 7, 2007) The mental health service at church surpassed my expectations. It was so wonderful that I spent the rest of yesterday in a bit of a daze, trying to process it all while listening to the CD that was made. The speakers from the Living Room group spoke openly […]

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Living without shame

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  65  (April 26, 2007) At Living Room tomorrow I’m going to open a discussion on stigma and how it has – or has not – affected us. I’m sure everyone will have stories of when they’ve been hurt or misunderstood. I believe stigma is the greatest enemy of those who live with […]

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Becoming a child again

“Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 18:3 I enjoy little children, the young ones that don’t care how they look to others. They’re real, just the way God made them to be. They live and love with everything they have […]

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If you can keep your head

  This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 1 John 3:16   You’ll remember the poem If by Rudyard Kipling. I’ve referred to it a number of times. In 1965, a doctor in […]

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Abused

  The Lord is near to the brokenhearted and saves the crushed in spirit. Psalm 34:18 I’m telling you this story because I’ve been writing much about the pain I’ve undergone over the past couple of years. Today I feel I need to fill you in a bit more than I have. Doing so will […]

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