Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: mental illness (page 1 of 2)

I will not hide – excerpt 1

  FINDING A PURPOSE Having a mental illness can make a full life more difficult to achieve than it is for healthy individuals. So far I had only been puttering with life. Nothing I did was serious enough or fulfilling enough. I wanted to do something truly meaningful. For many years I scoured the Help […]

Read More...

I will not hide – the book

  Marja’s book, now in the works In 1993 I began my life as a mental heath activist. At that time the Vancouver Sun published my article, Sick, but No One Brought me Flowers. It described what it was like to be a patient at Riverview at the age of nineteen. People in the church […]

Read More...

When all men doubt you

  …in God I trust and am not afraid. What can man do to me? Psalm 56:11   The goal I’ve set for myself is to write devotionals that will build you up and encourage you. We all need that. However, as I sat down to write today, I realized we mustn’t overlook the realities […]

Read More...

My pain

  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.” I have – for a very long time tried to reconcile with […]

Read More...

Why listen to him?

  The Jews who heard these words were again divided. Many of them said, “He is demon-possessed and raving mad. Why listen to him?”  But others said, “These are not the sayings of a man possessed by a demon. Can a demon open the eyes of the blind?”   John 10:19-21   Have you ever felt […]

Read More...

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 […]

Read More...

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, […]

Read More...

They thought I was a priest (2019)

(From my journal October 2013) On October 7, 2013 I was admitted to CRESST where I was to stay for three weeks. It was my first time at a psychiatric treatment facility in fifteen years. The biggest reason I was there was to adjust my strange sleeping patterns. They were thought to be bringing on […]

Read More...

An illness like any other

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  186  (September 4, 2008) Someone approached me having difficulty accepting her diagnosis of bipolar disorder. This prompts me to share an excerpt from my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster. Throughout the writing of this book I held in mind the people who were newly diagnosed and how hard it is to […]

Read More...

I’m unbelievably well

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  177  (July 4, 2008) It’s hard to believe how my mental health has improved over the years. Amazing how far I have come! The friends from my current church who have known me for four or five years think I’ve made great strides since they got to know me. But they didn’t […]

Read More...
Older posts

© 2019 Marja Bergen

Theme by Anders NorenUp ↑