A Prayer for Caregivers in the new year

I was putting on makeup one morning and the chorus to this song from a playlist caught my attention as it streamed from a speaker in the next room. The artist, Chris Renzema, was asking God to “tear my house down.” In fact, that’s the title of the song. Why would he...

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A Different Kind of Crisis

A Caregiver’s Perspective Most discussions of caregiving related to a crisis involving serious mental illness (SMI) start with a highly visible event or series of events. That is how it should be. That we should jump to rally around and support families who suffer...

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What God Has Not Done.

Last week in our Caregiver Support meeting, I recalled a difficult time for our family when we were living in the throes of chaos and crisis. Due to my husband’s job loss in 2008, we had to let our dream home go to foreclosure. The following is from a blog-journal I...

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The Perils of Emotional Activism

Have you ever missed a standing meeting, and someone later asked if you were there? You realized they didn’t even notice you were gone in the first place. It seems worse than if you had been present. I mean, you really weren’t there, and they didn’t even notice that....

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COVID, Isolation and Serious Mental Illness. How You Can Bring True Hope.

I get a general sense that most people I speak with want to “do something” about helping our seriously mentally ill neighbors. We see the people on our streets and we donate to homeless shelters or offer to volunteer and pass out food. These are good and obvious ways to respond, but how do we think about and move forward in terms of addressing the more daunting issue of isolation?

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Where is God in My Suffering?

Sometimes the pain from battling a serious mental illness can be overwhelming. Whether you have a mental illness or love someone who struggles, it can feel like you are walking in complete darkness at times. Questions and confusion may swirl in your head each...

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The Seriously Mentally Ill: A Time To Build Up

As the Fourth of July weekend draws near in this unsettling time, I am engulfed in a wide range of emotions. I don’t need to name all of the difficult circumstances we have faced as a nation these past few months, we are all experiencing pain from one degree to...

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