Mental Health and Faith

Mental Health and Faith

Caroline S. Cooper is a peer specialist in mental health, an author, and a speaker. She also has a master’s in Bible and Theology. The podcast includes interviews with mental health professionals, individuals living with mental illness, pastors, Christian counselors, and more. Caroline will also post some episodes in a conversational/teaching format on topics such as mental illnesses, wellness tools, and the spiritual aspect of recovery.

Episodes

November 15, 2022 26 min
Restoring Families Caroline continues her interview with Holly Haynes with the Faith-Based Counseling Training Institute (FBCTI). In this episode, Holly shares the final four steps of FBCTI's 7-step approach to reconciliation. Check out episode 10 for the first three steps! The 7 Steps to Reconciliation Be a peacemaker and make the first move Ask God for wisdom Begin with your part of the problem Listen Show gratitud...
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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 f...
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Caroline and Dr. James Clark continue their conversation on dealing with conflict in families. This episode is about creating change that lasts in order to have a stronger family -- a kind of change that only God can bring. The podcast includes a real-life, inspiring story of how one individual took a journey from resentment of pain inflicted by her family to forgiveness and restoration of the relationship. This powerful podcast i...
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As the holidays approach, many families anticipate family gatherings with excitement and joy. Unfortunately, some people may be dreading the obligatory holiday gathering. In this interview with Dr. James Clark, we will learn practical steps to take to reduce, and hopefully eliminate, potential family conflict. We will also learn to ask for and offer forgiveness in a way that includes personal responsibility, integrity, and, hopeful...
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October 12, 2022 27 min
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 sup...
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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 recover...
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September 15, 2022 21 min
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 ...
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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...
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August 28, 2022 26 min
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 Re...
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August 24, 2022 23 min
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 pag...
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