Episode 10 – Surviving SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder

Caroline Cooper, executive director of Mental Health Connect of Missouri, and her colleague, Jane Alexander, discuss Major Depressive Disorder with a Seasonal Pattern. This is more commonly referred to as SAD: Seasonal Affective Disorder. In the first half of the program, they share causes and treatments.

The second half of the podcast contains important information on recognizing the symptoms of SAD. Finally, Jane and Caroline share how their faith in God gives them hope and comfort even in the midst of depression.

Have you experienced SAD, depression, loss, or other mental health challenges recently? How have you coped? We want to hear your insights so we can learn from and encourage one another. Thanks for listening.

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Episode 9 – Trauma and Trauma-Informed Care

In this podcast, Roxanne Pendleton shares her vast knowledge related to trauma. She discusses some typical responses to distressing events in our lives, including the importance of maintaining internal and external resources. Roxanne also defines trauma-informed care and shares principles for using this approach when relating to people who have experienced trauma.

You can order Roxanne’s book on Amazon.

If you or someone you know is in a crisis situation, please use the text line or call one of the hotlines for assistance.

Crisis Text Line – Text CONNECT to 741741 from anywhere in the USA, anytime, about any type of crisis.

National Suicide Prevention Hotline – (800) 273-8255 – https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – (800)-662-HELP [4357] – http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline

About Roxanne

With a Master’s degree in Pastoral Care & Counseling, Rev. Roxanne Pendleton spent over two decades addressing trauma in diverse settings, including churches, schools, hospitals, hospice, and community organizations. She also has lived experience of trauma, mental illness, and recovery in her own life and family. These experiences and the resulting, hard-won wisdom give Roxanne an important perspective to share. Her book, Laughing Again: A Survivor’s Guide to Healing Depression (2010), tells the story of Roxanne’s recovery from suicidal depression and key lifestyle practices that have kept her well to this day.

In 2014, Roxanne’s expertise led her to a job at Truman Medical Centers Behavioral Health Acute Care units where she developed trauma-sensitive training and trauma-responsive projects to support resiliency. In 2017, Roxanne moved into her current position at the Center for Trauma Informed Innovation where she serves as a consultant for those seeking to cultivate trauma sensitivity, embodied compassion, and overall well-being through innovation as well as evidence-based and best practices.

Episode 8 – Jane’s Journey to Healing

Jane Alexander, mental health coordinator for Mental Health Connect of Missouri shares her story of living with bipolar disorder. Her journey through mental illness began in 2006 when she received a steroid injection for back pain. The unexpected happened and she found herself in a psychiatric hospital. Additionally, Jane shares her impressions of generational mental illness. We hope you’ll learn from and be inspired by Jane’s story.

Episode 7 – A Pastor’s Story of Hope

Caroline Cooper, Founder & Executive Director of In God’s Corner Ministry, had the privilege of interviewing her pastor in this special podcast for Suicide Prevention Awareness Week. Blake McKinney’s story is inspiring and brings hope to anyone dealing with suicide ideology and mental illness. Pastor Blake also shares how the church can better address mental health in the congregation. Listen for warning signs of suicide in the Mental Health Minute, and information on how In God’s Corner can help meet your needs for addressing mental health in the church.



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Episode 6 – Suicide Prevention with Kirsti Millar

Kirsti Millar will be a keynote speaker at our upcoming suicide prevention conference. To find out more and to register for the conference, please visit our website here.

Kirsti is the Suicide Prevention Liaison at ReDiscover where she coordinates the Show Me Zero Youth Suicide Grant which serves clients ages 10-24 and the Show Me Zero Suicide Grant working with adults aged 25 and up.  She has dynamic experience in crisis work and has utilized her creativity in program expansion and client engagement at ReDiscover for three years.  She has seven years in the field working with both adults and youth alike in therapeutic, case management and crisis like settings. She completed her Master’s in Counseling from Missouri State University


Episode 5 – Biblical Counseling

Dr. James Clark, retired pastor and past president of Calvary Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri, shares the definition of biblical counseling and this Christ-centered approach to healing. Join Caroline and Jane as they listen to Dr. Clark’s perspective on how the church can take a leading role in helping those in need of assistance for a variety of life’s challenges. (Note: There are many forms of therapy and it is important for individuals to find the format that works best for their recovery.)

Episode 4 – Schizoaffective Disorder & Support Groups

Join Caroline Cooper and Jane Alexander as they interview Debbie Pappas, Ph.D (Community Psychology). The first part of the interview will focus on schizoaffective disorder. After a break for a “mental health minute,” they discuss the importance of support groups.

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Episode 3-A Pastor’s Perspective

Pastor Rick Friesen joins Caroline Cooper and Jane Alexander as they discuss the current state of mental health related to the church. Listen to a pastor’s perspective on how the church is being successful, and has room to improve, when considering how the church addresses mental illness.

Episode 2-Mental Health Resources

Today’s guest is Susan Crain Lewis, CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland, a branch of the national Mental Health America (MHA) organization. Listen as Caroline Cooper and Jane Alexander talk to Sue about mental health and resources available for education and support.


Episode 1-Mental Health and Faith

Caroline Cooper, ministry founder and executive director, interviews mental health professional, Terri Cooley Bennett. Terri is an LCSW and MSW with over 30 years of experience. They discuss the current state of mental health in our country and how faith is an important, and essential, part of the healing process.