Category Archives: Mental Health Consumers

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 –

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – (800)-662-HELP [4357] –

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 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.

Mental Health and Faith

Podcast Rollout February 19, 2019

Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look

In less than a month, we will be rolling out our interview-format podcast. Please join us! On February 19, we will publish our first three episodes.

  1. Episode 1: Mental Health and Faith – interview with Terri Cooley Bennett, LCSW, LSCSW. She is an outreach supervisor for the homeless program at Swope Behavioral Health. Terri previously owned a Christian counseling business.
  2. Episode 2: Mental Health America – interview with Sue Lewis, CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland (MHAH). She has over 20 years’ experience in serving people in need of mental health support.
  3. Episode 3: A Pastor’s Perspective – interview with Pastor Rick Friesen. He shares his perception of mental health in the church.

Future podcasts will feature conversations with the following: a past seminary president and Biblical counselor; the manager over an employment services group devoted to finding jobs for people with disabilities; a mental health consumer who shares what it’s like to live with a mental illness.

Join the discussion by leaving comments! The podcast will be published on multiple media sites and a link will be provided on our website and social media pages. Let’s learn more about mental health together.

Caroline S. Cooper, Founder/Director of In God’s Corner Ministry