Cultivating Self-Compassion: First Steps to Healing – By Dr. Nellie Grose, MPH

April 25th, 2016

Inherent in every human being, even in those we may judge to be mean, bad or heartless, is a sense of care. We deeply care for our family members, our friends, neighbors and pets. Unfortunately, we do not care for ourselves to the same degree as we do for others. We tend to beat ourselves up; judge ourselves critically; ignore our aches and pains; and…

If My Voice Does Not Matter, I Don’t Matter. – By Rev. Amy Bezecny

April 21st, 2016

If my voice does not matter, I don’t matter. It doesn’t just feel uncomfortable; it is a primal wound, and if not being heard hurts me deeply, how much more must a foster or adopted child hurt when we don’t hear them? I recently attended the Empowered to Connect Simulcast and was reminded about the importance of giving voice. You can learn more about Empowered…

Here’s One of The Best Things Churches Can Do For People With Mental Illness – By Amy Simpson

April 4th, 2016

“Please don’t tell anyone,” she pleaded. “They won’t let me serve anymore.” I could tell that this woman, who had just “confessed” to me that she faced a serious struggle with depression, was regretting her disclosure. When she’d realized I was a safe person to talk with, she had told me about her mental health problem. Now she was begging me to keep my mouth…