April 26, 2018

I was touched by a Facebook post today where one of my friends shared in a vulnerable way her past struggles with suicidal ideation and coming on an anniversary date of a hospitalization. I share in hopes that others in similar situations can feel less alone. Please note the added burden of identifying as gay in our LDS community… as well as ecclesiastical counsel received that was not helpful. Today’s guest post is written by Kendra Ogzewalla. Opinions shared on guest… Read more

April 20, 2018

The following letter is written by one of our transgender members after having listened to the messages shared in our last General Conference. I would encourage for all LDS members to share with your ecclesiastical leaders and within your ward councils. How are we equipped to minister to and serve our transgender members? How are we going to make the space for them to worship comfortably and be able to participate and serve in return? Today’s guest post is written… Read more

April 8, 2018

Given the current things that are coming to light finally within our church and how it has handled sexual assault allegations, I think this is a very timely piece. Today’s guest post is written by Dr. Randy K. Moss. Opinions shared on guest posts may not completely reflect the positions of the blog’s author.  Dr. Moss received his PhD from BYU in Counseling Psychology in 1996 and has been working in the behavioral health field since 1985 with emphasis on co-occurring… Read more

April 5, 2018

The following post is by an anonymous guest who was born and raised in the Mormon church and is shared with permission. Although I may not agree with every single sentence… I didn’t want to alter their work and I agree with much more than I don’t. For a church that has at its very foundation the principle of agency… we do a poor job of practicing it. What is most important about the point of this piece is that… Read more

April 3, 2018

The comment said by Elder Cook during General Conference was problematic for a variety of reasons… although I’m totally willing to give him the benefit of the doubt that he was in no way trying to blame victims… At the same time… Elder Cook has access to monies, resources, professionals, and voices of victims that he is not tapping into… and so it’s difficult and even inappropriate to continue to give our leaders a “pass.” Our church should know how… Read more

April 1, 2018

I’ve tried in the past to address General Conference from a mental health perspective… and it’s difficult to keep up with in on this format.  So I’m doing it on my facebook page instead this time.. Please feel free to follow and add your own thoughts as to what messages are helpful for you in regards to mental health and whatever struggles you are facing… as well as the messages you might find problematic in this regard. Please keep your… Read more

March 30, 2018

Another guest post from “Sandy” — who was willing to give an interview to Mormon Mental Health about her experience of childhood sexual assault in the context of worthiness interviews (protectldschildren.org). She can use this blog as a platform for as many writings as she would like to post. This piece includes details that may be upsetting for some to read. I am honored that I will be wearing Sandy’s charm bracelet with me tomorrow as her proxy during the… Read more

March 25, 2018

Another guest post from “Sandy” — who was willing to give an interview to Mormon Mental Health about her experience of childhood sexual assault in the context of worthiness interviews (protectldschildren.org). She can use this blog as a platform for as many writings as she would like to post. I really appreciate this piece from Sandy because it talks about the experiences many have with PTSD, the importance of seeing dissociation as a coping skill that isn’t always negative, and… Read more

March 24, 2018

Over the last week, due to the leaked interview of Joseph L. Bishop, I have read hundreds of comments in regards to situations where the priorities of how we deal with sexuality in our church would be considered comical (twilight zonish) if not for it being so tragic and life altering for its members. I think I get used to hearing these stories after so many years… but I have to admit, my anger has been riled to high levels… Read more

March 20, 2018

It was extremely sad, and yet not surprising, to see the information shared on Mormon Leaks today in regards to prior Provo MTC president, Joseph L. Bishop. Another example (in many I have been privy of) where LDS leaders are protected from correct investigation and prosecution… (not to mention church discipline) usually because a “repentance” process is undergone by leaders who don’t pass the responsibility to civil authorities and who don’t want to ruin another’s reputation. I also want to… Read more

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