Mental Health and Faith

Caroline S. Cooper

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. read less
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39. Are you Anxious? So am I!
Mar 14 2024
39. Are you Anxious? So am I!
Let's have an honest conversation. My husband lost his job last year and at one point we thought we'd lose our house. Some close relatives have experienced significant health issues. I didn't receive the promotion that I thought was guaranteed. I had a disagreement with a friend that has broken our relationship. My new insurance company doesn't want to cover the new, expensive medication that has changed my life. And, as a mom and grandma, I yearn to see my children escape the pain of life. But that's impossible. Yes, I've had increased anxiety lately. I've been worried. Tears have come more easily to me. BUT, I know I can walk through these challenging emotions until a brighter day dawns. Here are some additional insights to the tips I share in this week's podcast. THE ACTS PRAYER MODEL A = Adoration. Keep God first above all else by acknowledging who he is and what he has done. C = Confession. Clear your conscience by admitting your sin, turning away from them, and receiving the forgiveness of the Lord. T = Thanksgiving. Respond to God's goodness by thanking him for the blessings in your life. S = Supplication. Ask God to continue meeting your needs by naming specific requests and praying for others. Scriptures for encouragement and peace Isaiah 41:10 - Don’t be afraid, for I am with you. Don’t be discouraged, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you. I will hold you up with my victorious right hand. Matthew 11:28-30 - Then Jesus said, “Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.” Philippians 4:6-7 - Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank him for all he has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus. Psalm 55:22 - Cast your burden upon the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never allow the righteous to be shaken. Psalm 94:18-19 - I cried out, “I am slipping!” but your unfailing love, O LORD, supported me. When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.  2 Timothy 1:7 - For God has not given us a spirit of fear and timidity, but of power, love, and self-discipline. 1 Peter 5:6-7 - Humble yourselves, therefore, under God’s mighty hand, that he may lift you up in due time. Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. Psalm 23:1–4 - The LORD is my shepherd; I have all that I need. He lets me rest in green meadows; he leads me beside peaceful streams. He renews my strength. He guides me along right paths, bringing honor to his name. Even when I walk through the darkest valley, I will not be afraid, for you are close beside me. Your rod and your staff protect and comfort me. Proverbs 12:25 - Worry weighs a person down; an encouraging word cheers a person up. 2 Corinthians 1:3-5 - All praise to God, the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is our merciful Father and the source of all comfort. He comforts us in all our troubles so that we can comfort others. When they are troubled, we will be able to give them the same comfort God has given us. Matthew 5:4 - God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted. Joshua 1:9 - This is my command—be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid or discouraged. For the LORD your God is with you wherever you go. Deuteronomy 31:8 - Do not be afraid or discouraged, for the LORD will personally go ahead of you. He will be with you; he will neither fail you nor abandon you. Psalm 27:1 - The LORD is my light and my salvation—so why should I be afraid? The LORD is my fortress, protecting me from danger, so why should I tremble? John 16:33 - Jesus said,
38. Recovery For Life with Scott Hartman
Mar 6 2024
38. Recovery For Life with Scott Hartman
Recovery for life Caroline's guest, Scott Hartman, is a man who knows how hard life can be. After being raped as a child, he turned to alcohol and drugs to cope with this unresolved pain. For many years, he hid his addictions until they overwhelmed his life. That's when he began the recovery journey. Scott is now 7 years clean and has an amazing testimony of how he has overcome--and continues to persevere--through the power of God. Please share this episode - especially with men who have experienced trauma of any kind. Sensitive Topic Today's episode contains sensitive information about childhood rape, addiction, and other forms of trauma. Scott and Caroline also discuss how God overpowers our pain through hope and recovery. If you at any time feel triggered or distressed as you listen, please pause the episode and return when you can receive better benefits from this important story. CONNECT WITH scott Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/scott.hartman.9674 Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/sredemption16/ Email - recovery4life16@gmail.com Check out Scott's book! From Chasing Dope to Pushing Hope: My Steps to Recovery & Redepmtion Amazon Link: https://www.amazon.com/Chasing-Dope-Pushing-Hope-Redemption/dp/1957013389/?_encoding=UTF8&pd_rd_w=uXKNS&content-id=amzn1.sym.d0ebfbb2-6761-494f-8e2f-95743b37c35c%3Aamzn1.symc.50e00d6c-ec8b-42ef-bb15-298531ab4497&pf_rd_p=d0ebfbb2-6761-494f-8e2f-95743b37c35c&pf_rd_r=BH01KNPJJE3H3XKN53CD&pd_rd_wg=LODpM&pd_rd_r=c376ca20-b61c-4d54-821d-e5194df7c5d7&ref_=pd_gw_ci_mcx_mr_hp_atf_m THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? addiction recovery Celebrate Recovery: https://www.celebraterecovery.com/groups-and-state-reps Alcoholics Anonymous: https://www.aa.org/ Narcotics Anonymous: https://na.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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Website - https://ingodscorner.org - you can sign up for my monthly newsletter at the bottom of each page on my website YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Caroline.S.Cooper.igcm Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carolinescooperauthor/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinescooper/ Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Caroline-S-Cooper/author/B0BYXL4ZHW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1705544163&sr=1-1&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
37. Love Others and Love Yourself
Feb 22 2024
37. Love Others and Love Yourself
lOVE THE OTHERS AS YOU LOVE YOURSELF It is sometimes easier to love others than it is to love ourselves. But God tells us that we are to love others AS we love ourselves! In this episode Caroline share 3 ways to love others and 6 ways to love yourself. THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website - https://ingodscorner.org.     *you can sign up for my monthly newsletter at the bottom of each page on my website YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Caroline.S.Cooper.igcm Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carolinescooperauthor/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinescooper/ Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Caroline-S-Cooper/author/B0BYXL4ZHW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1705544163&sr=1-1&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
36. Love for the Lonely with Cindy Hixson
Feb 11 2024
36. Love for the Lonely with Cindy Hixson
Love for the Lonely Many people celebrate love for the entire month of February with Valentine's Day right in middle. But not everyone enjoys February 14 or thinking about romantic love. Caroline's guest, Cindy Hixson is one of them. At least she used to be. In this episode, Cindy shares her inspirational and emotional story of learning to accept God's love and love herself. Episode take-away: God is our fortress At the end of the episode, Cindy presents an exercise to help listeners realize they are never alone, God is a constant presence. He is our rock and redeemer, our fortress and protector. OR select other attributes of God you want to underline depending on your personal needs. (comforter, provider, etc.) Instructions: Use a Bible that you're comfortable underlining in or highlighting In the entire book of Psalms, skim through and underline these words (or similar words) when used to describe God: rock, refuge, fortress, strong tower, protector Go back through and for each psalm with words underlined, do the following: Read the entire psalm paying attention to the use of the underlined words in context. Ask yourself or journal: How does God demonstrate this attribute in the psalm? Ask yourself or journal: How is God my rock (etc,) in my life? Or, how can I let God be that for me? When experiencing challenges, turn to the book of Psalms and read some psalms with underlined words. Make sure to ask yourself those important questions. About Cindy Cindy Hixson is an author with a passion for using what God has taught her to encourage others. Her first book is titled, Practicing a Worry-Less Life and she is currently writing a companion workbook. (Click on the cover image to reach the Amazon page.) THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website - https://ingodscorner.org.     *you can sign up for my monthly newsletter at the bottom of each page on my website YouTube - https://www.youtube.com/@InGodsCornerMinistry Facebook - https://www.facebook.com/Caroline.S.Cooper.igcm Instagram - https://www.instagram.com/carolinescooperauthor/ LinkedIn - https://www.linkedin.com/in/carolinescooper/ Amazon Author Page - https://www.amazon.com/stores/Caroline-S-Cooper/author/B0BYXL4ZHW?ref=sr_ntt_srch_lnk_1&qid=1705544163&sr=1-1&isDramIntegrated=true&shoppingPortalEnabled=true
35. Alex Dumas – Coaching, Leadership, and the BIPOC Community
Feb 7 2024
35. Alex Dumas – Coaching, Leadership, and the BIPOC Community
Today's episode is an interview with Alex Dumas, an executive coach and keynote speaker who shares his wisdom from the coaching world. He also invites listeners to join him for a book study related to being your best. Although this is not a Christian study, it will have many applications for Christians who desire to be there best for the Lord. Alex wants people to know that, “You were born to live life in ABUNDANCE. You are the master of your future and FREEDOM. You have complete DOMINANCE of your thoughts, emotions, and habits!" Alex Dumas is an Executive Coach, CEO of Abundance Daily Coaching, and the Vice-President of the BIPOC Coach Collective. He is an expert in sales and marketing with a track record generating six figures in revenue and six-figure launches. Alex has a background in Psychology and a decade of leadership experience in the Nonprofit world. Since 2018, Alex has been a trusted advisor, coaching top-performing leaders in business around the world in the areas of communication, leadership, and sales. The most important things to know about him are that he’s a devoted husband to Sarah and a loving father to Juliana and A.J. Learn more about Alex at https://www.alexdumascoaching.com Learn more about the BIPOC Coach Collective at https://www.bipoccc.org For anyone interested in learning more about the Entrepreneur Circle Book Study, a 6 week class that begins on February 14, go to https://bit.ly/theentrepreneurcircle-bookclub Connect with Alex! 631-456-0473 alex@abundancedaily.com www.alexdumascoaching.com www.linkedin.com/in/alexdumas   THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
34. New Heavens and New Earth
Feb 4 2024
34. New Heavens and New Earth
New Heavens and a New Earth The fourth and final episode in the All Things New series looks at three passages in Scripture -- the only three passages -- that use the phrase "new heavens and new earth." Isaiah 65:17-19 God speaks to his people through the prophet Isaiah to give them a glimmer of hope in the midst of being judged by God for disobedience. He promises to create a new heavens and a new earth, a place where he will dwell with his people, a place without mourning or tears. Revelation 21:1-7 The apostle, John, sees a vision in which Jesus gives him a glimpse into heaven. John sees the new heavens and new earth that Isaiah wrote about, The new Jerusalem is coming down from heaven where God will be with his children. A place without weeping or pain. 2 Peter 3:8-13 Peter refers to God's promise of a new heaven and new earth (from Isaiah's prophecy) as something we look forward to. We are to wait patiently for Christ's return, knowing that God does not want anyone to perish. While we wait, we are to tell others about Jesus! The All Things New series based on a Bible study written by Caroline S. Cooper. It explores ways we are made new in our Christian faith. The series includes the following episodes: Episode 31 - New Life - January 10, 2024 Episode 32 - New Creation - January 17, 2024 Episode 33 - New Covenant - January 24, 2024 Episode 34 - New Heaven and Earth - January 31, 2024 THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
33. All Things New – New Covenant
Jan 25 2024
33. All Things New – New Covenant
The New Covenant When the people of Israel were rescued from slavery in Egypt by the Lord, He established a covenant with them that would be impossible to keep. In His perfect timing, God revealed the New Covenant to take its place. Caroline reads from Exodus, Jeremiah, and Luke in this episode comparing the first conditional covenant with the unconditional eternal covenant. Below is a 10-point comparison between the old and the new. Thanks be to Christ, our Lord! Old Covenant (Exodus 19:1-7) New Covenant (Jeremiah 31:31-34) Established at specific time (Exodus 19:1). After leaving Egypt. To be established “on that day” – no specific time announced. (Jeremiah 31:31) Jesus’s death and resurrection established it. God’s instructions were contained in the “Book of the Covenant” – the Ten Commandments and other laws. (Exodus 20:1, 24:7) God’s instructions are written on our hearts. (Jeremiah 31:33) “Instructions” implies we are to follow God’s expectations, commands, and directions, but not in a legalistic sense. Conditional covenant: Israel agreed to obey. God promised to make them his people, a kingdom of priests, and a holy nation. (Exodus 19:5-6) Unconditional covenant: “I will be their God, they will be my people.” (Jeremiah 31:33) We participate in the covenant through faith and God’s grace. (Ephesians 3:6) The people were afraid to talk to God face-to-face. They relied on Moses. (Exodus 20:18) We can have a personal relationship with God. Jesus is our mediator. (Hebrews 9:15). We can come into God’s presence because of Jesus’ sacrifice on our behalf. The place of worship and sacrifice – the earthly tabernacle (Hebrews 9:1) Worship anywhere. Jesus entered the heavenly tabernacle. (Hebrews 9:11) Confirmation of covenant: Blood of animals spilled and sprinkled on altar and people (Exodus 24:6-8) Confirmation of new covenant: The bread and cup, representing Jesus’ body and blood. (Luke 22:20) Covenant required ongoing sacrifices. There were penalties for sin. (The Law; Hebrews 10:3, 11) Covenant based on a one-time, once-for-all sacrifice. (Hebrews 10:12). We are set free from the penalty for sin. (Hebrews 9:15) Special sacrifices in the Holy of Holies - behind the curtain. (Hebrews 9:3) Only the high priest could enter once a year. No sacrifices are required accept of ourselves. The curtain was torn when Jesus died. (Matthew 27:50-52) All who believe have access to God. (Ephesians 2:18) Symbols – The Ark of the Covenant: held the manna, staff, and the Ten Commandment tablets. Symbols of God’s covenant to Israel. (Hebrews 9:4) No earthly symbols needed. The Holy Spirit is our guarantee. (2 Corinthians 1:21-22) There is nothing wrong with symbols and sacraments, but they are not necessary to remind us of God’s covenant. Our sin required sacrifice. Our sin has been paid for by the blood of Christ. “And I will forgive their wickedness, and I will never again remember their sins.” (Jeremiah 31:34) Share your thoughts and insights by posting comments or sending an email to Caroline at caroline@ingodscorner.org. The All Things New series based on a Bible study written by Caroline S. Cooper. It explores ways we are made new in our Christian faith. The series includes the following episodes: Episode 31 - New Life - January 10, 2024 Episode 32 - New Creation - January 17, 2024 Episode 33 - New Covenant - January 24, 2024 Episode 34 - New Heaven and Earth - January 31, 2024 THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? Crisis Lines Nationwide (USA) Suicide Prevention and Crisis Lifeline: Call Or Text:  988
32. All Things New – New Creation
Jan 17 2024
32. All Things New – New Creation
A New Creation As we seek to grow in our spiritual lives, we have hope, joy, and peace. We will realize we God has a purpose for us in life. When we grow in our spiritual lives, we will improve our mental health as well.In the second episode on January's "All Things New" series, Caroline teaches from two passages in two letters from Paul about how we become can become a New Creation.  These are the only two verses in the whole of Scripture that uses the phrase "new creation." Galatians 6:15b - What counts is whether we have been transformed into a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.i ch. 12:2; Rom. 16:7; Gal. 1:22 Share your thoughts and insights by posting comments or sending an email to Caroline at caroline@ingodscorner.org. The All Things New series based on a Bible study written by Caroline S. Cooper. It explores ways we are made new in our Christian faith. The series will include the following episodes: Episode 31 - New Life - January 10, 2024 Episode 32 - New Creation - January 17, 2024 Episode 33 - New Covenant - January 24, 2024 Episode 34 - New Heaven and Earth - January 31, 2024 THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
31. All Things New – New Life
Jan 10 2024
31. All Things New – New Life
All Things New A New Life What does having new life have to due with mental health? Our spiritual, physical, emotional, and mental health are all connected. It is my hope that as we explore the idea of having new life that we will experience hope, joy, and peace. When we experience these positive outlooks and feelings, our mental health improves. We're able to cope with and respond to mental health challenges with patience and perseverance. Jesus Christ wants us to experience new life in a relationship with him! This episode is the first in a podcast series based on a Bible study written by Caroline S. Cooper. It explores ways we are made new in our Christian faith. The series will include the following episodes: Episode 31 - New Life - January 10, 2024 Episode 32 - New Creation - January 17, 2024 Episode 33 - New Covenant - January 24, 2024 Episode 34 - New Heaven and Earth - January 31, 2024 THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST. Join the conversation! Caroline S. Cooper (Owner of In God's Corner Ministry) is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org. Need help? 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 a more complete list of mental health resources can be found on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
30. Whole Body Wellness with Kristin Wood
Dec 5 2023
30. Whole Body Wellness with Kristin Wood
Body, mind, and soul Kristin says, "I started my practice to help other women who were fed up with chronic dieting, and ready to focus on improving their health. Better health has the happy side effect of weight loss." Better health also has the side-effect of better mental health. In this episode, Kristin shares some of her thoughts about being intentional with your thoughts and feelings as a way to improve your overall health in body, mind, and soul. Kristin has an active YouTube channel with amazing resources for improving your whole body health. Check it out here! Her website also contains information on her coaching services. Check it out here! THANK YOU FOR LISTENING TO THE MENTAL HEALTH AND FAITH: A CLOSER LOOK PODCAST Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Caroline S. Cooper is a writer, speaker, and podcast/YouTube host whose mission is to offer encouragement for life in a complicated world. = Find information and mental health resources on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org Need help? 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 Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
27. It All Begins With Hope
Sep 27 2023
27. It All Begins With Hope
This episode is a replay of Episode 18 – The Cycle of Recovery (Part 1) – Hope, originally published in April 2023. 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: By reading stories of hope in the Bible By joining a support group or finding people in your life who have experienced similar struggles 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 CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Please email your comments, questions, or suggestions to caroline@ingodscorner.org Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
26. Communication & Care with Patricia Plumb
Sep 22 2023
26. Communication & Care with Patricia Plumb
Caroline’s guest this week is Patricia Plumb, an educator, counselor, leadership consultant, and author. She has worn many hats but her focus these days is with The Shepherd’s Touch Ministry, a ministry she founded in 2018. On today’s episode, Patricia shares a couple of stories that reveal keys to effective and caring communication. She also shares about her new book, “God’s Handwriting: A Journey of One Simple Life and a Great God: A Relational Bible Study Guide and an Autobiography.” Patricia also has another book near publication and a third in the works. You can find her on Amazon at this link. https://www.amazon.com/Gods-Handwriting-Journey-Relational-Autobiography/dp/B0BW31GSKH/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=patricia+mae+plumb&qid=1695238905&sr=8-1 Contact Patricia! Email: pplumb@kc.rr.com The Shepherd’s Touch Ministry: https://characterthatcounts.org/who-we-are-staff-character-that-counts-rod-handley.php?i=Patricia|Plumb  Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/patricia.plumb.54 LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/patricia-mae-plumb/   Mental Health and Faith: A Closer Look – Podcast/YouTube Show – 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 and is passionate about providing mental health education and information to her community, her friends and family, and through social media. You can 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 Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn   (c) 2023 In God’s Corner Ministry
25. Suicide Awareness & Prevention Sept 2023
Sep 12 2023
25. Suicide Awareness & Prevention Sept 2023
Call/text 988, the U.S. National Suicide & Crisis Lifeline, if you are in a crisis. Suicide is a serious problem in the United States and around the world. It is the 12th leading cause of death in the U.S. and 1 in nearly every 100 global deaths is a result of suicide. (multiple sources) See below for mental health resources. For suicide prevention information, you can contact any of these organizations. Another great resource is the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  https://afsp.org/ Please share this episode with anyone who needs to know more about suicide and how we can support each other when experiencing emotional distress. Thank you! 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 Mental Health Agencies & Organizations American Foundation for Suicide Prevention – afsp.org SAMHSA – SUBSTANCE ABUSE & MENTAL HEALTH SERVICES ADMINISTRATION SAMHSA’s National Helpline – (800)-662-HELP [4357] http://www.samhsa.gov/find-help/national-helpline SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (English and Spanish) for individuals/families facing mental and/or substance use disorders. DBSA – DEPRESSION AND BIPOLAR SUPPORT ALLIANCE http://www.dbsalliance.org/ The Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA) is the leading peer-directed national organization focusing on the two most prevalent mental health conditions, depression, and bipolar disorder, which affect more than 21 million Americans, account for 90% of the nation’s suicides every year, and cost $23 billion in lost workdays and other workplace losses. MHA – MENTAL HEALTH AMERICA http://www.mhanational.org Our work is driven by our commitment to promote mental health as a critical part of overall wellness, including prevention services for all; early identification and intervention for those at risk; integrated care, services, and supports for those who need it; with recovery as the goal. Mental Health America of the Heartland* www.mhah.org 913-281-2221 739 Minnesota Ave., Kansas City, Kansas 66101 Areas Served: Kansas and Missouri NAMI – NATIONAL ALLIANCE OF MENTAL ILLNESS https://nami.org/ Family Support Helpline: (816) 931-0300 NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI Missouri www.namimissouri.org (800) 374-2138 Missouri Contact: NAMI St. Louis Christine Patterson cpatterson@namistl.org NIMH – NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF MENTAL ILLNESS https://www.nimh.nih.gov/ The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) is the lead Federal agency for research on mental illnesses. Their mission is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure. 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 and is passionate about providing mental health education and information to her community, her friends and family, and through social media. You can 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!
24. Why We Need 988 with Oscar Destruge
Sep 5 2023
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 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 Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn 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 (c) 2023 In God’s Corner Ministry
23. Trauma & Mental Health with Marsha Morgan
May 25 2023
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. Journal – get your thoughts out of your head Talk to someone – share what’s going on in your life with someone you trust Take a walk – physical activity is proven to help improve mental health Meditate or pray – find a sense of peace and calmness Have a good cry – healthy expressions of emotions are an important part of good mental health Questions? Please send your questions, comments, and suggestions to Caroline at 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 CONNECT WITH CAROLINE Website Facebook Instagram LinkedIn
22. The Many Talents of Jermine Alberty
May 18 2023
22. The Many Talents of Jermine Alberty
The Many Talents of Jermine Alberty Rev. Jermine (pronounced Jer-Mane) Alberty is an author, podcast host, faith leader, national trainer with the Mental Health First Aid organization, and consultant. Throughout his 25 years in numerous industries, he has served in both faith-based and secular capacities, including non-profits, faith communities, government, mental health, and academia. In this interview, Jermine shares information about Pathways to Promise and other organizations that promote education and awareness of mental health challenges. Jermine also shares about his involvement with Mental Health First Aid, a “skills-based training course that teaches participants about mental health and substance-use issues.” You’ll want to hang on to the end of the program to hear Jermine share his 5 Steps to Taking Care of Yourself. Jermine’s website:  jerminealberty.com/ Mental Health First Aid Pathways to Promise Alive & Well Communities Find information and mental health resources on Caroline’s website:  ingodscorner.org Need help? 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 Facebook Instagram LinkedIn