Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Tag: stigma (page 2 of 7)

Can you understand such pain? (2019)

This story tells – and will continue telling – things that need to be heard. It tries to show the many ways in which stigma, emotional abuse, and rejection can affect a person with mental illness. You are reading about an example, a tragedy in the life of one individual. Within a brief period of […]

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My need for compassion (2019)

Oh, I wish I could have received compassion like Jesus modeled. Jesus was in tune with the suffering of sick people, the suffering and needs of people who are judged by the world. How can people rightly judge a person they don’t understand – whose pain they cannot feel? How can they understand the pain […]

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Understanding the pain (2019)

But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin.   (1 John 1:7) The Bible uses light as a metaphor for honesty because you can truly see and examine things in the light. But […]

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Am I the “normal” me today? (2019)

As in the post I wrote in 2009, I wonder: Am I like the person I used to be? I do think I’m starting to get there and what a wondrous thing that is. Is this for real and will it continue? In November 12th last year, I lay in an emergency room bed, waiting […]

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As though I never existed (2019)

After I retired from my Living Room group In 2015 it was as though all I had done was forgotten – as though I no longer existed. Please let me share why I felt that way. Sometime before I was asked to do a presentation of my manual to new Living Room facilitators. Not feeling […]

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What do you live for?

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  220 (February 3, 2009) Our pastor delivered a series of sermons in February 2009 that inspired me. He asked if we were ever moved by something – gripped by something that bothered us so deeply that we wanted to do something about it. Or are our lives too busy – too self-centered […]

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Moving towards living room (2019)

What was my life like before Living Room? I’ll try to describe briefly. When we married, my husband and I joined a camera club where we became immersed in photography. Before long we both became leaders in the club. It took a while for me to grow the confidence, but it was a friendly group […]

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Excluded from study group (2019)

At this point I think it’s time I tell you about my greatest source of pain. It was only one of many, but contributed more to later suffering and emotional damage than any other single event. I’m sharing this to illustrate how great and cruel stigma can be and how dehumanizing it is to the […]

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Why is my story important? (2019)

When I was in the ER on November 12, wishing I could die, I realized I couldn’t until my story was told. I wanted to talk about some of the work I had done, raising mental health awareness in the church and founding Living Room. I needed to show how my life had gone tragically […]

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Why was I rejected? (2019)

The friend I talked about in the previous post was a person I loved dearly. And I can see in this story how she tried to be there for me, despite her own illness. I tried – within my own limitations – to be there for her as well. But I was better able to […]

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