Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Category: Confidence, self-esteem (page 1 of 2)

We need more than acceptance alone

MENTAL ILLNESS AND EQUALITY Much has been done to build better mental health awareness in the church. Yet there’s room for better understanding. And a lot more needs to happen than acceptance alone. People with mental health issues are no different than others in wanting to be considered to have equal worth. And yet it’s […]

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Who am I?

But Moses said to God, “Who am I, that I should go to Pharaoh…?” (Exodus 3:11) …  “…I am slow of speech and tongue.” The Lord said to him, “Who gave man his mouth? Who makes him deaf or mute? Who gives him sight or makes him blind? Is it not I, the Lord? Now go; […]

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On wings like eagles

First published in March 2014 Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint. Isaiah 40:30-31   Isn’t it great […]

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Give us a voice of our own

A few months ago I published a little booklet called We Are Real People. One of the points it makes is that we are not always given the opportunity to speak for ourselves.  Others speak for us, expressing our needs, speaking about us. But do they really know us or understand us? We need to develop […]

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Get to know yourself by studying history’s greats

Here and there I’ve mentioned a new book that will soon be launched online. Justice for All is a departure from anything else I’ve written. Its aim is to increase the confidence of those who would like to be more self-assured. Fights to overcome injustices have taken place throughout history. This book tells the stories […]

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Let’s get angry at mental health stigma

  Throughout history, anger has proved to be an instrument of change. It leads to revolutionary action that can upend unjust social structures. Mahatma Gandhi was incensed with the state of his Indian nation, where his countrymen were made to feel inferior under British rule. Some years later, Nelson Mandela felt the same way when […]

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Mental health care and the church: Building self-esteem

The Church has made great headway in offering more accepting communities for people with mental health issues. But is the acceptance and the support it now gives enough? I believe God calls us to do more. One of the most difficult things people with mental illness face is low self-esteem. With the love of Christ, […]

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With more than acceptance alone

  Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion,  then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. Do nothing out of selfish ambition […]

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Gaining confidence – A life worth living, Part 3

You may be living with low self-esteem, thinking you’re not worth much. But listen to this: “You are of great worth to God, your Father. You are his child and he wants you to get the most out of life.” This is something you need to believe. The writings you’ll find here will help you […]

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Updated introduction – A life worth living, Part 1

From 1999 when I published my first book, Riding the Roller Coaster, I’ve tried to persuade readers that living with mental illness is not the end of the world. Despite our struggles, we can have a life worth living. If we trust God and the person he made us to be, we can do more […]

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