Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Interested in peer support?

Check out Pathways to Promise This is a Christian mental health organization founded in 1988, around, longer than any other. Check the following for their various training sessions if you’d like to give peer support (or companionship). Pathways to Promise is part of the companionship movement.   For training go to: This is […]


Is “godly” support such a good thing?

EQUALITY IN MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT I write this from a personal experience of receiving support from one or two kind people in particular—people who became dear to me. And I wonder if there might be other good Christian individuals like them who mean well when caring for a person with mental health issues, only to […]


Justice for All – availability

Some of you have asked how to get a copy. The only way right now is online through the publisher, FriesenPress. I included the link to them in my previous post. Here’s what Friesen’s wrote to me: “As well as being available on the FriesenPress Bookstore, your title is officially available for purchase through Ingram’s […]


Justice for All now published!!

Justice for All  is now published!! Official Launch in early September Invitation to come Early copies now available at But I hope you’ll wait until the party to come. Here’s what people have said: Today we live in a world which often speaks of human rights. In this book Bergen takes what is often an abstract […]


Hope for recovery

PEER SUPPORT AND HUMILITY When he had finished washing their feet, he put on his clothes and returned to his place. “Do you understand what I have done for you?” he asked them. “You call me ‘Teacher’ and ‘Lord,’ and rightly so, for that is what I am. Now that I, your Lord and Teacher, […]


It’s not the end of the world

HOPE FOR A LIFE WITH MENTAL ILLNESS Over the last few days my mind went back to Riding the Roller Coaster, a book I had published by Woodlake Publishers in 1999. It wasn’t hard for me to find a publisher at the time because it was one of the first books written by a person […]


We’re not so different

MENTAL HEALTH AND BUILDING UNDERSTANDING As a person with mental health issues who has helped many like herself, I worry when I see people like us portrayed as victims—a class of people set apart from others, needing special care and consideration. We are as human as anyone else and every one of us will need […]


Righteous indignation

February 2020   David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied. This day the Lord will deliver you into my hands, and I’ll strike you […]


Are you wondering?

JUSTICE FOR ALL: WHERE IS IT? Is it really and truly coming? What’s the hold-up? Yes, it is coming. Of course. And the publisher says it will be ready for publication towards the end of August. I’ve been quite disappointed with the lengthiness of the process. Have already got a lot of promotional material out […]


Breaking ground – A true story

MENTAL HEALTH AWARENESS IN THE CHURCH In 1993 the Vancouver Sun published Sick, But No One Brought Me Flowers. This article marked the coming out of a woman who—starting at the beginning of the next century—was to introduce mental health awareness to the Christian Church. She was determined to reduce the stigma affecting people with […]

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