Category: Mental Health Professionals

23. Trauma & Mental Health with Marsha Morgan

23. Trauma & Mental Health with Marsha Morgan

Marsha Morgan – Resilience Builders

Marsha Morgan has a passion for providing care for people who have experienced trauma, live with a mental illness, or struggle with substance use disorders. When she retired after a long, successful career as a mental health professional, she turned her passion and compassion into a consulting firm, Resilience Builders. Here’s what she says on her website.

“In 2009, after working in the mental health and substance use field for more than thirty-five years, I was presented with information about trauma and our therapeutic responses to trauma. This caused me to passionately pursue everything I could about the impact of trauma, trauma-informed personal practices, what organizations needed to do to create trauma-informed policies, and the meaning of resilience.”

Marsha’s website – Resilience Builders

Trauma-Informed Care and Mental Illness

In this episode, Marsha shares great information about trauma and how it may be connected to mental illness. She emphasizes that brain development could be a key to understanding how to treat individuals. Marsha suggested two important activities that could bring a greater understanding of what is going on in a person’s life.

  • Sleep study – Healthy sleep is crucial to be well in mind and body
  • Brain scan – Brain scans can now reveal healthy and unhealthy portions of the brain that can help target treatment trauma or mental illness

Tips for Reducing Stress or Symptoms of Trauma or Mental Health Challenges

Near the end of the episode, Marsha shares these 5 tips to bring a sense of release from stress, exaggerated emotions, and symptoms related to mental illness.

  1. Journal – get your thoughts out of your head
  2. Talk to someone – share what’s going on in your life with someone you trust
  3. Take a walk – physical activity is proven to help improve mental health
  4. Meditate or pray – find a sense of peace and calmness
  5. Have a good cry – healthy expressions of emotions are an important part of good mental health


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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







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 (

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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

The national organization – Mental Health America:

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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 S. Cooper


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!


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.

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