Sisters in Mental Illness: Shaley Hoogendoorn Talks to Jessica Birak of Mint & Birch

[ Trigger Warning: Mention of abuse, as well as an eating disorder.] This month, Shaley Hoogendoorn talks to Jessica Birak, founder of the jewelry company Mint & Birch, who is also a vulnerable and honest advocate for mental health. They talk about topics related to anxiety, depression, postpartum, hypochondria, eating disorders and healing from childhood […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Mama Grief

“[My connection with Jesus] didn’t look like what I thought it had to look like. It didn’t have to take place in a church building. It didn’t have to involve worship or the bible. It felt a little risky at first, but I’ve met God in the ER, in the hospice, in death, in life, […]

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 […]

Sisters In Mental Illness: Canaries Among Us

“Self care is choosing myself. I matter… It is a choice to pick myself and to be worth doing these things. We have value and the things we have to do to stay healthy have value.” — Crystal Meier    Crystal and Shaley are both canaries. Canaries, according to Glennon Doyle, can “smell toxins in […]

Sisters in Mental Illness: Mental Healing

“I believe women and men who are blessed with mental illness are going to be advocates who are going the change the world.” Sheli Massie has battled an eating disorder, postpartum psychosis and PTSD. But what defines her are not her mental illnesses, but her journey of mental healing. “Healing is not set in a […]