Tag: Mental Illness

24. Why We Need 988 with Oscar Destruge

24. Why We Need 988 with Oscar Destruge

September is suicide prevention month.

If you are in a crisis, please call or text 988, the U.S. national suicide and crisis lifeline. Or, visit 988lifeline.org and start a live chat.

This episode features a conversation with retired pastor and author Oscar Destruge. He courageously shares his story of loss and despair that nearly led him to take his own life. Oscar offers suggestions to encourage listeners to remember that God loves them and has a purpose for their lives, regardless of circumstances. It is important to find help in times of need.

Oscar L. Destruge Pastor Author Speaker

Emails: OscarDestruge@PastorOscarDestruge.com or Juan316@aol.com

Website: PastorOscarDestruge.com

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Available in English, Spanish and Greek, paperback and Kindle.

Podcast/YouTube Show – Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look

Caroline S. Cooper, Certified Peer Specialist in Mental Health, MS in Theology

Caroline is a writer, speaker, and podcast host. She leads a mental health support group in her church. She is passionate about providing mental health education and information to her community, her friends and family, and through social media.

You can also subscribe to the podcast version on many podcast players or on Caroline’s podcast website: https://mental-health-a-closer-look.blubrry.net/

Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look is also a YouTube program/podcast!  Please subscribe to Caroline’s YouTube channel:  https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry

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





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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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?


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

CONTACT CAROLINE at caroline@ingodscorner.org



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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 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.

Ministry website:  www.ingodscorner.org




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. http://www.ingodscorner.org

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

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1. Living With a Mental Illness

1. Living With a Mental Illness

Living With a Mental Illness

In this first episode of Caroline S. Cooper’s Mental Health and Faith podcast, she introduces herself to her listeners by sharing a little of her journey to become the writer, speaker, and podcast host that she is today. She tells of childhood trauma, untreated mental illness, and the power of God. Caroline includes important lessons on how to approach life in this broken, sinful world. It is possible to have joy and live a full, productive life! To end the episode, she shares three tips for wellness, whether you live with a mental illness or not. For more information about Caroline and In God’s Corner Ministry, please visit her website at www.ingodscorner.org.

Please subscribe to this podcast. And join the conversation! Caroline welcomes your questions, suggestions, and insights. You may also contact her at caroline@ingodscorner.org.