Posts in Mental Health Tools
5 Tips To Help Someone Feeling Overwhelmed and Discouraged

Learning to provide comfort and encouragement for those who are experiencing dark days can be challenging. We are told that the “ministry of presence” (just being there) for others is what they need . . . but how does that work, practically?

Whether as a church leader, parent, spouse, friend, or in any role serving others, we all could use simple tips on how to have a ministry of presence and comfort.

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Stress Free Holiday Tips for Families and Their Loved One’s Mental Health Condition.

As the holiday season goes into full swing, we are aware of what comes with our celebrations: lots of activities, generous dessert tables and endless gatherings. It is, indeed, a time to be surrounded by family and friends. Most of us greet this time of the year with open arms and excitement; we look forward to spending extra time celebrating with those closest to us.

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The Beauty of Community

You may remember a scene in the movie Chariots of Fire where Eric Liddell says, “Circumstances may appear to wreck our lives and God’s plans, but God is not helpless among the ruins, God’s love is still working!” In 2012, I really wondered about the ruins and wondered what God could or would do…

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You Are Not Trapped by Your Mental Health Difficulties

I’m going to guess that you’re like me and at some point in your life, you have found yourself saying, “If only I’d known then what I know now!” I can say that about being diagnosed with mental illness. Receiving a mental health diagnosis can be devastating – at least it was for me. 

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How Churches Can Aid in Disaster Recovery

I will never forget my first day back in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. I remember sobbing as I toured my beloved city seeing devastation that I never dreamed possible. On that day, I had no hope that our city would recover. However, as most people now know, New Orleans not only has and is recovering but, in many ways, has become a healthier place than before the storm happened.

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Chronic Pain, Healing Tears, and the Joy Coming

I believe in miracles because I believe in God. Dictionaries define miracles as “surprising and welcome events that are not explicable by natural or scientific laws.” Persons of faith happily attribute these to the goodness and mercy of God. Nevertheless, some of us who believe, do live with chronic medical and psychiatric health issues—often including chronic pain. Such co-occurrence can become overwhelming. I have often been reinvigorated by observing the courage of others who endure trials and testing. I want to emulate those who choose a pathway through that matures character. I am inspired by those who hope on in faith even when the going is tough.  

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