Marja Bergen

author, mental health activist, follower of Christ

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Part 2 – Justice – Stigma, the struggle

  Stigma is the biggest cause of the lack of self-esteem many of us live with. It often causes more pain and suffering than the symptoms of our illness. Among other things, this series will talk about the need for confidence—both within yourself and beyond ourselves, in the world. I think many will identify with […]


Justice for all – Introduction

  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 […]


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 […]


Whose voice do you hear?

On behalf of the unaccepted among us:   “Consider carefully what you hear,” he continued. “With the measure you use, it will be measured to you—and even more. Whoever has will be given more; whoever does not have, even what they have will be taken from them.” Mark 4:24-25   I’ve been reading about William […]


I’m sorry, God

   If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive our sins and purify us from all unrighteousness. 1 John 1:9   I’ve been writing about the Atlantic Slave Trade and the efforts last year to have those who were responsible apologize for those great sins. William Wilberforce, the abolitionist, wrote the […]


Winter gives way to Spring

First published in May 2017   Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold all things are become new. ​2 Corinthians 5:17 ​I had for a long time been thinking of myself as suffering with Christ when I went through pain I experienced. I had […]


Have you ever felt this bad?

But is bad always ugly? There’s a beauty in all stages we might find ourselves in. Treat yourself with gentle compassion. Love yourself. God does.  


Have you ever been this happy?

BUBBLES It takes a child to let it all out.    


Greek alley cats

Scrawny and mangy, and yet there’s love. The love of a mother for her young one.    


Granny squares

  By the time my mom ended up in a care home, she had forgotten the many crochet stitches she used to be so good at. But she felt lost no longer having the hobby she had so loved. With great effort, she did re-learn the granny stitch, and once she did she seldom stopped […]

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