Mormon Mental Health Podcast

Mormon Mental Health Podcast is an online mental health resource serving the Mormon community through hosting mental health podcasts produced specifically for a Mormon audience.

Mormon Mental Health Podcast was created in response to an increasing demand for an easy way to inform and connect Mormons seeking mental health information that address Mormon culture, Mormon beliefs, and the issues unique to Mormon family and community systems.

Mormon Mental Health Podcast is a service of the Open Stories Foundation.  Mormon Mental Health Podcast explicitly seeks to align all operations with the Open Stories Shared Values statement:

  1. We acknowledge the richness of Mormon heritage, teachings, and community in all of its diversity.
  2. We believe that one can self-identify as Mormon based on one’s genealogy, upbringing, beliefs, relationships, and other life experiences, regardless of one’s adherence or non-adherence to the teachings or doctrines of any religious organization.
  3. We seek spaces where we as Mormons can live lives of intellectual and spiritual integrity, individual conscience, and personal dignity.
  4. We acknowledge and honor different spiritual paths and modes of religious or non-religious truth-seeking. We respect the convictions of those who subscribe to ideas and beliefs that differ from our own.
  5. We recognize the confusion, distress, emotional trauma, and social ostracism that people on faith journeys often experience. We seek constructive ways of helping and supporting people, regardless of their ultimate decisions regarding church affiliation or activity.
  6. We affirm the inherent and equal worth of all human beings. We seek spaces where Mormons (and all people) can interact as equals regardless of race, gender, or sexual orientation. In this spirit of egalitarianism, we prefer non-authoritarian and non-hierarchical means of organization and affiliation.

Additionally, we endeavor to ensure that the projects we undertake 1) support individuals in Mormon-related faith crises, 2) save marriages, 3) heal families, and 4) celebrate, challenge, and advance Mormon culture in healthy ways.

Mormon Mental Health Podcast is not officially affiliated with the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

 

7 comments for “Mormon Mental Health Podcast

  1. Paul
    January 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

    I am really looking forward to these podcasts. I listened to the first 3 (Top 10 Mental Health Issues) and loved it. I believe that unlocking the enigma of mental health and personality disorders will greatly increase the understanding of our spirituality and religious beliefs. I am extremely interested in debating and better understanding the connection (or lack thereof) between mental health/personality issues and the emotional feelings we have been taught are the avenue in which God communicates with us to establish Truth, revelation and inspiration.

  2. Steve in Millcreek
    March 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

    Natasha, these are important topics. I love your insight, training, clarity. Please don’t be discouraged over relatively few comments from listeners in wonderment as whether we are here. At the moment, I’m atop a ladder, house painting, wearing headphones with your podcast.

    • natashaparker
      April 29, 2013 at 11:06 pm

      Thank you Steve!! 🙂

  3. Lisa Thompson
    June 22, 2013 at 8:24 am

    I’m so glad to have this website now as a resource! Our daughter was diagnosed as bi-polar last year. She went public about it on her blog last fall and has received 100s of e-mails from people who also struggle with depression or bi-polar. She has decided to devote her life to helping those who struggle or have family members who struggle to better understand what they themselves or their loved ones are going through. She is currently out on the road trying to do just that and bring some light to those who have so much darkness around them. I have had so many parents contact me about their children because of what they’ve read or heard about Josie so this will be a great website to start referring people to. There seems to be such a misunderstanding about it in our church and many people mistake this dreaded darkness as Satan and his demons punishing that person when in fact, it is the disease, not Satan enveloping their body because of something they’ve done wrong. I think that’s a huge misconception and the guilt that people derive from that experience unfortunately results in tragic results. (josiethompson.com)

  4. Lisa Jane
    July 25, 2013 at 7:13 am

    I attended a sacrament meeting last sunday and one of the speakers a High councilman from my stake gave a talk where he mentioned that sin causes all trauma. I have been trying to find out if the church has a policy or statement about all mental health issues and what type of support and counsel leaders are advised to give. Also I wanted to find some talks given by the General Authorities on this topic
    Thanks

    • natashaparker
      July 30, 2013 at 1:06 am

      Extremely concerning and highly inaccurate!!

    • Blaine
      January 2, 2016 at 6:17 pm

      I hear the same talks and similar comments in gospel lessons as well. My struggles with depression and anxiety have only worsened with time. I too hoped attitudes about mental illness would evolve, but they haven’t. Those who do struggle are most often ostracized and ignored. Although I have been struggling to maintain my activity; especially over the past two years, I’ve yet to hear words of comfort or concern over my absences from priesthood. I always supposed someone would notice, but apparently I was wrong. I often hear the words, “Love” and “Compassion,” but rarely see the acts themselves, but then again, I don’t fall into the category of normal. I suspect a great number of Latter Day Saints struggle with activity for the very same reasons. It’s s shame we still have lepper colony attitudes in the Lord’s church today.

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