Category: Mental Health

18. The Cycle of Recovery (Part 1)

18. The Cycle of Recovery (Part 1)

Find Hope

In this first episode of a three-part series, Caroline introduces the Cycle of Recovery. In reflecting on her recovery journey, Caroline recognized the need to find hope, experience transformation, and recognize victory. Today, she shares her insights on recovery and hope.

For I know the plans I have for you,” says the LORD. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. (Jeremiah 29:11, New Living Translation)

What is Recovery?

A definition of recovery from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) states that

“Recovery is a process of change through which people improve their health and wellness, live self-directed lives, and strive to reach their full potential.” (https://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/recovery)

Where can you find hope?

Caroline mentions three ways you can find hope:

  1. By reading stories of hope in the Bible
  2. By joining a support group or finding people in your life who have experienced similar struggles
  3. By observing the world around you to see where Go is at work.

Next week: Part 2 – Experience Transformation

Crisis Lines

  • Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • National Child Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • National Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or Text to 838255
  • National LGBT Help Line: 888-843-4564

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14. How to Write Your Story (Part 2)

14. How to Write Your Story (Part 2)

Preparing to write

This episode is part 2 in a 2-part series. If you have not listened to part 1, Episode 13, please check it out for some great information to help you prepare for writing. You will learn six reasons why writing your story can be beneficial based on what we read in the Bible. That episode also identifies three principles to aid in the writing experience so you will produce an authentic, inspiring, and hope-filled story. Those principles are: (1) be honest, (2) have courage, and (3) rely on faith.

Writing your story of recovery

Caroline recommends this six-step approach to organizing your thoughts and creating your autobiographical story.  In this podcast, Caroline shares details and examples from her own life to aid listeners in writing about their own journey through hardship and into recovery. The steps are:

  1. Introduction
  2. Before the Fall
  3. Finding Hope – the turning point
  4. Experiencing Transformation
  5. Recognizing Victories
  6. Conclusion

Steps 3-5 are the heart of the story and represent the Cycle of Recovery that Caroline identified in her own recovery process.

Crisis Lines

  • Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
  • SAMHSA’s National Helpline: (800)-662-HELP [4357]
  • National Child Abuse Hotline: 800-422-4453
  • National Child Trafficking Hotline: 888-373-7888
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-7233
  • National Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or Text to 838255
  • National LGBT Help Line: 888-843-4564

CONNECT WITH CAROLINE

Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org

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12. Mental Health in the Church

12. Mental Health in the Church

What does the church think about mental health?

In this first episode of 2023, Caroline has a discussion with a long-time friend that addresses one of the main purposes of the Mental Health and Faith podcast — taking a closer look at mental health and the church. Their conversation includes the following topics:

  • How does the church address mental health? Or does it?
  • What is the difference between long-term mental illness and situational mental health conditions?
    • Situational vs. clinical conditions from medicalnewstoday.com. “Situational depression occurs after life-altering events, but clinical or major depression has a range of causes and is a longer-term condition.”
    • Definition of situational depression from verywellmind.com. “Situational depression involves symptoms of depression that are related to stress. It is not a recognized clinical disorder but is an informal term used to describe what may be more formally diagnosed as a type of adjustment disorder.”
    • Information on situational conditions from Nami.org. “Situational stress can generate emotional or behavioral symptoms that look and feel very much like clinical depression. Depending on the degree of symptomatic discomfort, the treatment plan for situational or stress-related symptoms may be supportive or psychoeducational in nature and often includes the teaching of simple coping tools (find some below) that can help combat the impact of everyday stress. Remember that certain types of anxiety and sadness are often a normal response to difficult or overwhelming circumstances.”
  • What can the church to do meet the mental health needs and other needs of church members and the community?

Resources

Here are some resources for finding a Christian counselor.

Please share information and comments with Caroline! Show notes may be edited to include your insights.

Contact Info & Social Media

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10. Restoring Families with Holly Haynes (Part 1)

10. Restoring Families with Holly Haynes (Part 1)

Restoring Families

Caroline’s guest, Holly Haynes, shares the importance of having a relationship with God as a foundation for restoring relationships with people. Holly shares Faith-Based Counseling Training Institute’s 7-step approach to restoring family relationships. In this episode, Holly gives foundational information and reveals the first three steps with Scriptural support, stories, and insights. (In part two, the final four steps will be discussed.)

The 7 Steps to Restoration

  1. Be a peacemaker and make the first move
  2. Ask God for wisdom
  3. Begin with your part of the problem
  4. Listen
  5. Show gratitude and gratefulness
  6. Fix the problem, not the blame
  7. Focus on reconciliation, not resolution

About Holly

Holly Haynes has been the CEO of Faith Based Counselor Training Institute (FBCTI) since 2018, the training institute her father Dr. Michael K. Haynes started in 1996. Holly moved their International Headquarters from Texas to Steamboat Springs, Colorado where she and Dr. Haynes reside today. Holly has been a Certified Restorative Therapist specializing in Anger Management, Chemical Dependency, and helping women align with life since 2005. Holly is also a Certified Chaplain and an Ordained Minister. Holly is married and has 5 grown children, all serving the Lord, and has many grandchildren.

Faith-Based Counselor Training Institute

“We at FBCTI have one vision and that is to train up disciples who have a call to see the broken and hurting made whole by the relentless love of Jesus Christ.”

Website: Faith-Based Counselor Training Institute (www.fbcti.org)

What do you think?

Caroline would love to hear from you. Please send comments, questions, and suggestions to her at caroline@ingodscorner.org.

7. Mental Health Resources at MHAH

7. Mental Health Resources at MHAH

Mental Health Resources at Mental Health America of the Heartland

Sue Crain Lewis is the President/CEO of Mental Health America of the Heartland, the local office of the nationwide Mental Health America nonprofit. Sue’s compassion is her strongest attribute in serving the needs of persons living with mental illness as well as their families and the community at large.

“Recovery is inevitable with the right treatment and supports.” — Lewis

With services ranging from offering educational workshops, providing housing for the homeless, and sharing information on public mental health policies, you may be surprised at all that Mental Health America of the Heartland has to offer. Be ready to take some notes as you listen! Or, check out their website at www.mhah.org.

The national organization – Mental Health America: www.mha.org

Caroline would love to hear from you!

Please send your comments, questions, and suggestions about this or any episode to Caroline at caroline@ingodscorner.org.

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6. Living a Recovery Lifestyle – What does that mean, anyway?

6. Living a Recovery Lifestyle – What does that mean, anyway?

September is Recovery Month!

Sometimes this designation gets overlooked because September is also Suicide Prevention Month. But one way to address rising suicide rates is to help people learn to live a life of recovery. In this podcast, Caroline shares definitions of recovery that include one unique perspective of recovery as “to again protect myself.” She also talks about practical activities that can represent the recovery lifestyle.

DID YOU DO THE ASSIGNMENT CAROLINE MENTIONED IN THE PODCAST/VIDEO? She is waiting to hear from you. Please email Caroline at caroline@ingodscorner.org

International Recovery Day

Caroline also encourages listeners to attend the panel discussion on recovery as part of International Recovery Day. Information can be found at this link:

International Recovery Day

The following resources were also used in the podcast.

SAMHSA – Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration – www.samhsa.gov

Definitions of Recovery

https://www.dictionary.com/browse/recovery

https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/recovery

https://dictionary.cambridge.org/dictionary/english/recovery

 

5. Youth at Risk and Finding Hope

5. Youth at Risk and Finding Hope

This podcast features an interview with Kirsti Millar, licensed counselor and suicide prevention specialist at ReDiscover in the Greater Kansas City area. Kirsti shares important information about forming relationships and having conversations with youth  at risk of developing suicidal thoughts or completing suicide. This is crucial information in today’s world. Caroline begins the podcast by sharing some encouraging words and sombre statistics. After the interview portion, the podcast concludes with a simple reading of Scriptures to uplift the listeners after this challenging topic.

9-8-8 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

Please share Scriptures you use for comfort and encouragement! I will add them to a list I am compiling for my website.  Email scriptures and any comments to caroline@ingodscorner.org.

Caroline S. Cooper

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4. Suicide, Faith, and Why Life is Worth Living

4. Suicide, Faith, and Why Life is Worth Living

Caroline interviews Terri Cooley-Bennett, a social worker with over 30 years of experience in the field. . . and Caroline’s sister. September is suicide prevention month. Terri shares valuable information on warning signs and how to respond to an individual at risk. They also discuss the role faith can play in the recovery and healing process. You’ll want to listen to the end to hear Terri finish sharing a case study of one of her clients who had thoughts of suicide. Life is worth living!

NATIONWIDE SUICIDE AND CRISIS LIFELINE – CALL OR TEXT 9-8-8 

For more information on 9-8-8 and a list of national local Kansas City area mental health resources, visit the Mental Health Resources page on Caroline’s website. http://www.ingodscorner.org

Caroline would love to hear from you! You can reach her at caroline@ingodscorner.org.

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3. How to Encourage (Part 2)

3. How to Encourage (Part 2)

In this second of two episodes on encouragement, Caroline shares the last five suggestions from her resource on how to encourage friends. While originally written for encouraging someone with depression, the tips provided are applicable for encouraging individuals in many different circumstances. We live in a broken world, and God has called us to encourage and comfort one another.

Visit Caroline’s podcast website, Episodes Resources page, to download the “10 Ways to Encourage Depressed Friends” handout.

Caroline would love to hear from you! You can reach her at caroline@ingodscorner.org.

2. How to Encourage (Part 1)

2. How to Encourage (Part 1)

In this first of a two-part episode, Caroline shares the first five suggestions from her resource on how to encourage friends. While originally written for encouraging someone with depression, the tips provided are applicable for encouraging individuals in many different circumstances. We live in a broken world, and God has called us to encourage and comfort one another.

Visit Caroline’s podcast website, Episodes Resources page, to download the “10 Ways to Encourage Depressed Friends” handout.

Caroline would love to hear from you! You can reach her at caroline@ingodscorner.org.