Marja Bergen

author, mental health advocate, follower of Christ

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Can you see what’s wrong?

JUSTICE FOR ALL Learn to do right; seek justice.     Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17   Biblical justice starts by seeing people as God sees them, made in his image, equally loved by him—and treated that way. Following Jesus means to pursue justice […]

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Doing what I don’t want to do

January 2018 revised in October 2022   As it is, it is no longer I myself who do it, but it is sin living in me. For I know that good itself does not dwell in me, that is, in my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot […]

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What is your Goliath?

    THE EVIL OF DECEPTION November 2019  “All those gathered here will know that it is not by sword or spear that the Lord saves; for the battle is the Lord’s, and he will give all of you into our hands.” 1 Samuel 17:47 When I was founding the Living Room ministry in 2006, […]

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I could not keep quiet

ABUSED He was oppressed and afflicted,     yet he did not open his mouth; he was led like a lamb to the slaughter,     and as a sheep before its shearers is silent,     so he did not open his mouth.  Isaiah 53:7 Upon awakening yesterday, I remembered how it had felt to retire from nine years of dedicated service […]

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Companionship training

What is Companionship? ​Companionship is a ministry of presence, a relationship responding to isolation and suffering and supportive of healing and recovery. Companionship welcomes the stranger, building a circle of care with individuals who are facing emotional and mental health challenges.  Companionship is rooted in our natural capacities as human beings to be sensitive, compassionate and concerned. ​Courses coming up […]

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Healing of the wounds

EXCERPTED FROM JUSTICE FOR ALL – CHAPTER 9, NELSON MANDELA How many of us have wounds that need healing? The great people featured in Justice for All have shown us how injustices can be overcome—in our own lives and, on a grander scale, in the world. They have much to teach us. Nelson Mandela gives […]

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The best way to reduce mental health stigma

LISTEN TO THE VOICES OF THOSE WHO LIVE WITH IT Trying to reduce stigma by having educators teach us about mental illness, only serves to show people how we’re different. It’s only by hearing from people who live with it—only by hearing how they’re hurt by stigma and discrimination—that compassion can grow and understanding reached. […]

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It’s not the end of the world? Really?

THE EFFECTS OF STIGMA AND DISCRIMINATION In 1999, I published a book encouraging those who, like me, had mental health issues. In an effort to encourage them, I wrote, “It’s not the end of the world.” I worked hard, trying to make the world a better place for them—in 2006, founding support groups, where they […]

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Keeping in touch

FREE SHIPPING AVAILABLE I want to thank all of you who came to the Justice for All book launch. You helped make it a great party. I really enjoyed the discussion after–with all 25 of us in a big circle. Gathered in the way I find best conducive to conversation. That was really special to me, and […]

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What is God’s will for you?

PURPOSE DRIVEN LIFE November 2018, revised   I can do all this through him who gives me strength. Philippians 4:13   I’ve been reviewing an old blog which was active from 2006 to 2014. 2006 was the year Living Room started. Today http://marjabergen.blogspot.com/ can still be viewed, so many years after the fact. It’s amazing […]

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