|When Something Goes Right
In the wake of the Newtown shooting rampage, people argue over how to keep guns out of the hands of people with mental illness, a population assumed to be responsible for generating serial killers. In the midst of fierce disagreement about who should have access to what kinds of weapons, one thing is certain: In Newtown something went terribly wrong.
Come Live with Me
In the classic novel of C.S. Lewis, The Horse and His Boy, Lewis pens this classic quote “Come live with me and you’ll know me.” These words have proven true in my own life as I have journeyed with adults who have developmental disabilities for the past two years.
Hope Despite a Blue Christmas
The sounds of Christmas carols, the wafts of the finest Christmas dishes, and the sight of the red and the green fill the air as people sing Joy to the world, How great is my joy, and Hark how the bells–sweet silver bells–all seem to say–throw cares away. Christmas is one of two hallmarks during the Christian year – a holiday where even individuals who usually don’t attend church find themselves filing in to crowded pews for midnight mass. Christmas is a time of merry making and gift giving, a time for delight and expectancy, but it can also be a very difficult time for the over 235,067 Americans who live in the shadow of depression, some facing suicidal ideation this Christmas.
Lucy Made of Light
“It’s always darkest before it’s pitch black!” she says. “My name’s Lucy. What’s yours?”
3 Ways to Be an Ally
If you’ve ever struggled with a mental illness and heard people chime in with expressions like “you’ll get through this, just have more faith,” “God will never give you more than you can handle” or “you’re letting the Devil win by giving up” you’re not alone. I’ve heard those expressions, too, many times and each time the cringe lines on my face have grown deeper and deeper.