Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

Tag: faith-based support

Where are you leading God?

FAITH-BASED SUPPORT GROUPS Show me your ways, Lord, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me,  for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long.  Psalm 25:4-5   A wise person warned me today, “Listen to God and be guided by him, and do not be led astray by our […]


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 […]


God with us at living room

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  78  (June 22, 2007) Things have come together. I no longer feel so dizzy and stressed. And I’m sure it’s all because we had a Living Room meeting this afternoon. How therapeutic that group is for me, even if I am the leader – probably because I am the leader! I get […]


Stigma in the church (as it was in 2006)

LIVING ROOM MEMORIES  25 (November 5, 2006) A friend recently talked about her wish for church support for her battles with bipolar. This, once more, made me feel the great need for spiritual support for people with this disorder. When we believe in God, we need to be able to talk with others who share […]


Living Room is born

  LIVING ROOM MEMORIES 1 (from A Firm Place to Stand: Finding Meaning in a Life with Bipolar Disorder (2008), by Marja Bergen) Only months after the Good Friday service in 2006, God gave me an idea that wouldn’t lie down. I saw a need to start a faith-based support group for people with mood […]


Nonreligious gratitude?

My mental health worker told me that I should keep a gratitude journal, at the end of each day listing all the good things that have happened to me. I told her, “But I already do that. I thank God every day for what He has given me and what He has done for me.” […]


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