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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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FIRST RESPONDERS: THE HIDDEN SCARS

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As an Emergency Medical Technician, Nadeen LaBoucane belongs to an elite cadre known as “first responders.” She’s proud of the role she fills. While saving lives is all in a day’s work for her, years of accumulated stress nearly came at the expense of her own life. I met Nadeen at North Pointe in 2015 when she came looking for what we would later call “spiritual IV.”  Nadeen shared how she’d served in the emergency medical field for twenty one years as an EMT and most recently as a dispatcher. “I loved being out there. I loved helping people. I have to admit, I was a little bit of an adrenaline junkie, as well.” But when she suffered a serious…

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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 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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HOW TO GET THROUGH ANYTHING

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Saying, “You’ll get through this,” can sound like a trite way of placating people who are suffering. Over the thirty-six years of being a pastor I have witnessed innumerable people go through hell on earth. How did they get through things that you wouldn’t wish on your worst enemy? They had one thing in common: hope. “You’ll get through this” are solid words of HOPE. What Hope Is Hope is not wishful thinking. Hope is a confident expectation of future good. Where does this kind of confidence come from? Trust. Trusting a God who understands and enters into your suffering. Where we see a perfect mess, God sees a perfect chance to send us a message about Himself. The Active…

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Kay Warren: The First Christmas Without…

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My cousin Sharon died by suicide in April 2003. Her despair from a marriage that ended in divorce coupled with her decade long struggle with depression were too much for her to cope. Christmas 2003 for her surviving family was one in which her extended family left a lot to be desired. Looking back I am sure we dropped the ball. I wish I knew then what I learned by reading Kay Warren’s story about the first Christmas without her son, Matthew. THE FIRST CHRISTMAS WITHOUT… Rick and Kay Warren’s son Matthew died by suicide in April 2013. Her mother’s heart says it all in this post about her first Christmas without Matthew. “Christmas 2013 was our family’s first without…

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16 INSIGHTS ABOUT DEPRESSION AND LOSS

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When Matthew Warren died by suicide, Easter 2013, his parents’ hearts were shattered. He was only 27 years old. Rick and Kay Warren were known for a ministry of hope. How would they survive his tragic death? Where was hope now? The Warrens share some remarkable insights they learned and lived. 16 Insights 1. “I’d rather have all my questions unanswered and walk with God than not walk with God and have all my questions answered.” – Rick 2.  “I’m terrible but I’m OK. In other words, we’re going to survive and someday we’ll thrive again. It’s the worst thing that could ever happen.” – Kay 3.  “I’ve cried every single day since Matthew died, but that’s actually a good…

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6 STAGES OF GRIEF: RICK AND KAY WARREN

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Rick Warren, pastor of Saddleback Church and author of “The Purpose Driven Life,” and his wife Kay, were devastated when their 27-year old son Matthew, committed suicide in April 2013. Matthew had suffered from depression all of his life. In September 2013 the Warrens gave their first public interview with CNN. Piers Morgan called it “one of the most moving interviews he conducted in my life.” The Warrens identified six stages of grief they experienced. Stage One: “I think the first stage is shock. For at least the first month, I kept waiting for Matthew to come in the door… I just couldn’t believe that it happened. It was so sudden.” Stage Two: Then you move from shock to sorrow…

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