Posts in Family Mental Health
7 Ways to Encourage Resiliency in Kids...at Any Age

As a mom-to-be, my world has become all about how to have a baby, raise a baby, keep a baby healthy, keep a baby ALIVE.  Wanted or not, my brain – and inbox – are being flooded with advice and information.  But as someone who works in the mental health field, I’ve found myself beginning to explore beyond sleep schedules and feeding plans.

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5 Noteworthy Tips As You Walk Alongside Your Loved One's Depression, Anxiety, etc!

When a marriage or family experiences their loved one's mental health distress or disorder, it brings about a lot of emotions and frustration. I can relate because my wife's mental health journey had me searching for answers from God, myself, and others. I learned a few things along the way and had the opportunity to encourage countless others couples and families. I don't have all the answers, but I may have some helpful notes for your journey. 

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3 Reasons Why True Love is Not Just a Feeling

First Corinthians 13:4-7 is often used to characterize the love that one person has for another or what a couple should strive for in a marriage. However, Paul’s assertion here to the Corinthian Church calls to mind the true character of Jesus Christ - Jesus’ PERFECT love for us. It is a love that has the ability to withstand the fiercest of storms and the most barren droughts.  It is a love that has the ability to empower us to love even when we feel unlovable, with nothing left to give.

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Why I Brought Mental Health Support Groups to Our Church

If you are reading this article then most likely you have a passion, burden or possibly a curiosity about mental health and the role the church can play in effectively caring for those affected by a mental health disorder.

The following are a few reasons why I got involved and took action to launch mental health support groups at our church.

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5 Ways to Open the Door to Hope

I love this quote by Emerson, “Be an opener of doors.”

Will you and I become an opener of doors for those who are struggling in silence with mental illness?  Throughout our day, will we be intentional in prayers to our Lord, to give us opportunities to make a difference in the lives of others?  We can open doors to Hope with just a smile, an introduction, perhaps extend our hand, our time, and our hearts.

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Splash of Refreshing Waters for Depression

Throughout my journey with a mental illness, I had hopes I would wake up and find myself free of it. Dreams of waking up and miraculously not having to take any medication, and all of my problems related to my illness gone, filled both my waking and sleeping hours.  Who wants this thing called “mental illness” in the first place? It is ugly, shameful and well quite frankly not a label anyone wants to wear.  In fact, the whole thing made me want to hide in a closet, at times I actually did.

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31 Days, 31 Ways 2 Pray 4 Families

Families who walk alongside their loved ones in the labyrinths of mental illnesses are often hesitant to ask for prayer. They might feel others will judge them or their loved one, offer uninformed advice or initiate the gossip chain. But friends who observe or are aware of their journey don’t necessarily need specific details to pray effectively.

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