Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

Category: Living Room (page 1 of 37)

Why another book?

  The Living Room Story—just out—shows my experiences as I obeyed God, building the Living Room ministry, and helping those with lived experience be accepted by the church. It shows how God helped me serve for nine years until symptoms of ageing got the better of me. I wrote this book to help me remember […]

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If we were given a chance

Something extra-special   It’s not often that a person with serious mental health problems gets the chance to make something big happen. Something like the Living Room faith-based support groups I started in 2006. Many individuals came into my life uplifting me in my faith and courage. When I look back at my 55 years […]

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Effectiveness of peer support

  Five theoretical frameworks have been used in attempts to explain the effectiveness of self-help groups. Solomon, Phyllis (2004). “Peer support/peer provided services underlying processes, benefits, and critical ingredients”. Psychiatric Rehabilitation Journal. Social support: Having a community of people to give physical and emotional comfort, people who love and care, is a moderating factor in […]

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Appeal for Christian peer support

  In 2006 I founded the Living Room group support ministry. As time went on, and especially after being featured on the TV show 100 Huntley Street, enthusiasm grew. The number of groups increased steadily. After four and a half years the ministry had grown to thirteen groups and there were reports that more were […]

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Leading in the name of Jesus

  by Marja Bergen   Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself, by taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. Philippians 2:5-7 […]

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Beyond imagination – fighting injustice

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  (May 15, 2013) God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:20-21 (MSG) That is so very true! […]

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Comfort when rejected

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  282 (July 11, 2010) Crazy how you can make a little thing into something so big that it threatens to take you down into depression. The feeling of rejection I talked about a few posts ago caused recurring pain. I think because I was focusing on it so much instead of forgetting […]

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The person I am no longer (2019)

I love reading what I wrote in the last post from 2010. I was a good person. A person who loved much – with the kind of love Jesus wants us have. I helped many through their mental health difficulties. More than I’ll ever remember. In the post below I hear the sweetness I used […]

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Morning has broken

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  281 (July 1, 2010) An amazing answer to prayer: My friend in hospital has improved by leaps and bounds. Two days ago she wasn’t allowed her clothes because she was still suicidal. Today she will probably be allowed an accompanied pass, meaning she can leave the hospital if she has someone with […]

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Rejection at church

In the previous post I talked about how some people with mental health problems go home after church with feelings of rejection. I confess, that happened to me many times in past years. Often those feelings of rejection led to depression. I don’t know whether I’m different than I used to be, but in the […]

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