SISTERS IN MENTAL ILLNESS #2: What Not to Say

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Today Shaley and Abby Norman talk about both helpful and unhelpful things you can you tell someone with mental illness. Shaley has a diagnosis of bipolar 1 and Abby with clinical depression. Together they share a glimpse into their messy and beautiful minds.

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What Not To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

What To Say To Someone With Mental Illness

Abby’s Prayer for Our Sisters in Mental Illness

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Sisters in Mental Illness is the new blog series where Shaley Hoogendoorn has real conversations with brave SheLovelys who are willing to share their experience living with a mental illness. We live in a time where 1 in 4 people struggle with a mental health disorder, so these conversations are very important. We will share ALL the stories—stories of sadness, madness, shame and struggle. The more we talk about hard things like mental health, the better we can understand and walk with and along side our Sisters in Mental Illness. We can remind each other that our stories are not over yet. Together we can smash the stigma and stereotypes of mental illness ONE story at a time.

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Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley Hoogendoorn

Shaley grew up in Northern BC in her family-built log home with loads of brothers. Her childhood was filled with snow, skates, hockey and huskies. Shaley has always had a small town heart with big city dreams. She is married to Rob and put down roots in PoCo with their smart and sassy tween girls. Shaley has no inner monologue, never follows a recipe and has the biggest hair in any room. Hands down. Shaley invests her heart into her family, her community and her world. She works as an elementary school teacher and an event planner. She is fiercely passionate about helping the next generation become peacemakers and world changers. She brings beauty and order to Women’s Events and everyday life. She believes in sisterhood and women telling their stories without judgement. She follows Jesus and believes that love always ALWAYS wins. Come follow her ramblings on Instagram at @shaley_hoogs and messybeautywithshaley @
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Comments

  1. Lisa Scandrette says:

    Thanks for these videos, lovelies!

  2. Renee says:

    Hahahaha! Yes, when I was in crisis 5-6 years ago I was meeting with my pastor who kept spiritualizng everything. This created a feedback loop of shame and anxiety that snowballed and made my struggle even worse. My pastor “diagnosed” me -btw, please don’t diagnose people when you are not qualified … I was so stressed out and filled with shame I started to regularly disassociate. I can no longer even consider setting foot inside a church without the support of my trauma therapist who gently guides me in grounding practices and somatic therapy. Trauma is real. Mental health issues are real with solid neurobiological indications. I’m doing much better now, and I’m on a mission to educate church people on how to be helpful.

    P.S. Renee is part of my pen name

    P.S. 5 years ago this month She Loves published some of my story

    • Shaley says:

      I love that you are on a mission to educate the church people on how to be helpful. Me too, Friend, me too. I will search the site to read your story.

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