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27 JUST IN TIME LINES FROM JOANNE GOODWIN

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My therapist said I have acute personality disorder. I was like, “I know, right?” If you’ve met Joanne Goodwin you can hear her unforgettable voice in your head. It only takes once and she’s got you for life. Dr Goodwin Joanne dispenses medicine for your soul. She’s got a double PhD in joy and humor. Women and men across North America attribute their sanity to Joanne. Her prescriptions have no side effects other than a sore gut from laughing. She learned their secret the hard way. Faith and Humor After a lifelong battle with mood disorders, depression, and family crises, cancer became Joanne’s most recent opponent. In August 2016, she was diagnosed with colo-rectal cancer. She endured long weeks of…

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MENTAL ILLNESS: HOPE FOR THE WAR WITHIN

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I had my first taste of mental illness the day I learned how my Dad died. I was eight years old. Such a tender age and I was already deeply troubled. Rightly so, my mum took me to a psychologist. It was there, with my aunt, step-dad and mum in the room that the truth came out – my Dad had committed suicide. Jennifer is a part of the North Pointe writers community. This is the first place she has publicly written about her journey. When we dare to drop the armor that protects us from feeling vulnerable, we open ourselves to the experiences that bring purpose and meaning to our lives. “Vulnerability is the birthplace of joy, belonging, creativity,…

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THE POWER OF SHARING by BROCK HARRISON

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“Thanks for writing your piece on depression. It was very moving and it has helped me make the call to go see a counselor. So thanks for helping!” “Thanks for your willingness to open up and share your story. It gives me the courage to maybe one day soon talk about mine. You have no idea what your article did for me this morning.” “If I hear from you, I’ll write my story. I’ve not done that yet: strange, because I am a storyteller and love writing. I guess I’ve just tried to keep this part of me in abeyance.” “I just finished reading your story and it’s left me in a pool of tears and hope all at the…

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DEPRESSION: MY STORY by BROCK HARRISON

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Just write, Harrison. For the love of God, write. This speech needs to be locked in a week and you don’t even have an outline. So write. Like you’ve done a thousand times before. Baby is crying again. Ignore. She’ll get her. You’ve got to get this done. Oh yeah, and it’s got to be good. There will be 1,000 people with deep pockets at this thing. So make it compelling. And funny. And smart. Some inspiration would be good, too. Why can’t I do this? Just write one word. One stinkin’ word. Nothing. Heart pounds. Head spins. Muscles seize. This isn’t going to get done. Walk away. Lie down. Have I lost it? Will I get back? What if…

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HOW A SEVERE ANXIETY DISORDER LED ME TO A WORLD RACE

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When I got the call that told me that I had been accepted to participate in the World Race, I was completely shocked. While I had spent the past couple of weeks trusting that God had planned what was best for my future, I had a nagging feeling from the day that I submitted my application that I would not get in. The reason? I didn’t think that a girl with a severe anxiety disorder would be looked at as a viable option for spending nine months living out of a backpack and traveling the world. Simply put, I believed that I was way too messed up.  When you meet Maya Kuipers, the first thing you notice is her confident…

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I ONCE WAS LOST…

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I once was lost in the woods, like literally….lost in the woods. It was the first winter camping expedition for army cadets, and I was the civilian officer in charge of 30 grunts. I was arriving late into camp with my fellow officer, it was dark, and we were convinced it was the right drop off point to the camp when we asked our driver to drop us off. It wasn’t. Sarah Ball writes with a courageous vulnerability. She is a gifted blogger, speaker, author and a mom of five. Sarah will tell you candidly that sixteen years ago she was living on welfare, abandoned with two children, broken, and lost. Four years ago she couldn’t get out of bed,…

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REACHING OUT AND SAVING LIVES: PREVENTING SUICIDE

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September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day. It is hard to imagine the extreme psychological pain that leads a person to decide that suicide is their only course of action. Reaching out to someone who is struggling can make a difference between life or death. Positive Action Suicide is preventable. You can take positive action. Wade Sorochan and Wendy Ryden of North Pointe started P.A.T.H. – Positive Action for Total Health – from their personal training and experiences with mental illness. 5 Misconceptions You Need to Know About Suicide They are all around us….people whose pain has them on the edge of eternity. People take their life not because they want to die but because they want their pain to…

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5 MISCONCEPTIONS YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT SUICIDE

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They are all around us….people whose pain has them on the edge of eternity. People take their life not because they want to die but because they want their pain to stop. Suicide is not a victimless choice. I know that through personal experience. Robin Williams In the summer of 2014 Robin Williams shocked the world by taking his own life. Read the impact statements of William’s daughter. “While I’ll never, ever understand how he could be loved so deeply and not find it in his heart to stay, there’s minor comfort in knowing our grief and loss, in some small way, is shared with millions. It doesn’t help the pain, but at least it’s a burden countless others now…

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5 INSIGHTS TO DEPRESSION: SISTERHOOD OF THE SEMI-COLON

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Today I went to a tattoo artist, and for $60 I let a man with a giant Jesus-tattoo on his head ink a semi-colon onto my wrist where it will stay until the day I die. By now, enough people have started asking questions that it made sense for me to start talking, and talking about things that aren’t particularly easy. That’s Heather Parrie’s story. Heather is a 20 year-old student at the University of Missouri. She was diagnosed with depression in April 2015. By June she had to leave her dream job on campus. A friend shared her story with me. I thought it would be important for you to read. Heather lays it all out for you to see….

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SHEILA WALSH: LOVED BACK TO LIFE

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One day, she was at the pinnacle of her career, a co-host of a national Christian TV program and the next day she was checking into a psychiatric hospital, under a suicide watch. Her candid journal entries say it all – “Lord, please hold me. I’m falling into a dark well. I feel as if I am disappearing a little more every day. I am so angry inside that I am afraid of myself.” Loved Back to Life I read “Loved Back to Life,” Sheila’s life story, in two sittings, not because it was an easy read but because it was a book I couldn’t put down. In the late 80’s I co-hosted a radio program out of Champlain, New…

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