Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: mentally ill

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 […]

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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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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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Who would you believe? And why?

  Don’t you find it strange why, when there is a conflict between a powerful pastor and a person with a history of mental illness, the pastor is assumed to be right? The person with mental health issues doesn’t have a chance. Why is that so? Why was she given the blame for the trauma […]

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