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HOW TO HOLD IT TOGETHER WHEN YOUR WORLD IS FALLING APART

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I can’t help but giggle sometimes at the news reports of wild weather storms. The weatherman is barely standing. Wind and waves are violently walloping against him. Meanwhile the other television host sits comfortably from her warm studio with perfect lipstick saying, “Weatherman Joe, can you please explain the storm situation right now?” Storms Weatherman Joe begins to yell while dodging debris and flying tree branches “Well, as you can see anchor woman Wendy, it’s pretty windy out here…” Really, Joe, really? Lately, I have been feeling a bit like Weatherman Joe, standing in the midst of a violent storm; debris flying at my head, waters rising to my knees, my balance being tested by gale-force winds and all the…

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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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THE CONTROVERSIAL RICK WARREN AND JESUS

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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of the 26,000 strong Saddleback Church in Orange County, California, authored the best-seller The Purpose Driven Life and is affectionately known as “America’s Pastor”. Thousands of people, including Michael Phelps attribute their faith in Jesus to Warren’s ministry. Warren is controversial. Ironically, many non-Christians think he’s “just like Jesus” while Christian influencers say not at all like Jesus. Here’s why. RICK WARREN is yoked with unbelievers in helping the poor, needy and sick. This of course is not Biblical. Warren’s P.E.A.C.E. plan advocates giving out condoms in Africa to fight AIDS, not just preaching the gospel. He and his wife, Kaye, hosted a conference on mental health after their son committed suicide in 2013….

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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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