Sisters In Mental Illness: Ministry of Weakness

“My spiritual gift is weakness…. I show up weak. I’m always sick or I’m struggling. There’s always something that’s lacking. Maybe that’s my gift to the church—to show up and say that’s OK, and God is with us in this and He is good. Problems don’t all get fixed and I’m not healed. The bow […]

Moving the Mountains of Mental Health

By Sarah Jeanne Browne | Twitter: @sarahjbrowne I have moved mountains in mental health, overcoming the worst of bipolar disorder 1 with psychotic features, most of which peaked within the last two years of my late twenties. I was alone and afraid during those times, yet not alone and not afraid at the same time. […]

Sixty Days

By: Erin Thomas | Twitter: @erinthomas_123   Sixty days. Last Thursday marked sixty long, hard-won days free of the Beast. Hi, my name’s Erin and I’m a recovering addict. When I was twenty-six years old, I had been working with abandoned children and infants in the beautiful country of Romania. Upon my return, I experienced a […]

Mental Illness and My Elephant of Shame

By Nichole Woo It’s risky, acknowledging an elephant in your psychiatrist’s office. So I looked the other way, pretending to ignore her toxic blend of humiliation and shame. I distracted myself with lies, instead: “I don’t belong here with THAT! This is for people who can’t do life, not me. The baby’s colicky. That’s why […]

When Persistence Doesn’t Pay

By Tiffany Baker | Twitter: @revtiffanybaker I learned persistence from my mother. Like some children learn to fold a fitted sheet or bake a perfectly flaky pie crust, I learned how to put my head down and persist. My third-grade vernacular included the words “effective effort” and, before every spelling test or group presentation, my mother would […]