The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA)

Mormon Mental Health Association FIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCE our first annual conference is around the corner - please help spread the word! The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA) is excited to announce their first annual conference in Salt Lake City Utah, July 31st from 6:00-9:00pm. Come join with other clinicians, educators and advocates working with the Mormon population to learn, network and collaborate. Our keynote speakers will be Dr. Jennifer Finalyson-Fife, PhD and Dr. … [Read more...]

Is gender inequality bad for mental health?

Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Public Square 2014 Summer Series: Conversations on Religious Trends. Read other perspectives from the Mormon community here.   I know this is a difficult subject to dialogue about in our current state within Mormonism – where things can seem pretty polarized in light of the recent excommunication of Kate Kelly.  However, I think this is an important question for all of us to consider.  And whether or not the answer at the end of the day is … [Read more...]

Room For All In This Church

This is a statement many of us who are involved on the Mormon-themed internet have come up with in response to the possible disciplinary actions facing Kate Kelly and John Dehlin.   We face a difficult and pivotal moment in Mormonism as LDS leaders and church members wrestle more openly with complicated aspects of our faith, its doctrine, and its history—often in spaces afforded by the Internet. In light of possible disciplinary action against prominent voices among us, we … [Read more...]

Differentiate: not Excommunicate!!

Today I received the news that both a brother and sister of my church community are being threatened with the process of excommunication.  The reason stated: apostasy. Attempting to put aside my own personal feelings of sadness, confusion and distress, I would like to address this issue from the lens of family systems.  After all, a central part of Mormonism is this concept of a universal family – all being seen as children of God.  In fact we call our congregations “ward … [Read more...]

Study on LDS Body Image

A current study being done around body image and garment use for those who identify or have at some point identified as Mormon.  Please take the time to participate. Mormons, Garments and Body Image … [Read more...]

Sexuality Workshop in New York

For those of you who might be in the New York area: Dr. Jennifer Finlayson-Fife will be giving two presentations on marital sexuality.  She's an excellent presenter and I highly recommend her workshops. Get more information on her blog. Women's Sexuality Workshop Come and learn about the art of desire ---(a key aspect of our strength and authenticity as women)--and how our capacity for and comfort with desire relates to our sexual selves.  This workshop will explore elements of our … [Read more...]

My toddler is touching his rectum. Is this normal?

I found your blog and hoped to have you ease my mind. My son is struggling in day care and screams historically.  I hate that he is even in daycare so this is hard for me to begin with. But now he has started steering his finger into his rectum every time I take his diaper off. Is this normal? It's so disgusting as a parent.  He tries to insert his finger every time and then he jumps and acts weird. Like a response to the sensation. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. It sounds like … [Read more...]

General Conf. – a Mental Health Perspective (Saturday Afternoon)

We find ourselves once again gathered like the people of Benjamin to listen to the spiritual leaders of our day.  I have found that these General Conference messages go on to color our spiritual lens in a variety of ways for the foreseeable future – in family, church, internet and many other settings.  And as I participate in this bi-annual Mormon ritual, I -like many of you- have a myriad of insights, thoughts, questions, spiritual experiences, and concerns come up in regards to the many … [Read more...]

Take Survey – Mixed Faith Couples

You are invited to take a survey that my colleague Adam Fisher is conducting in conjunction with Thomas Sexton, Ph.D. at Indiana University. It is attempting to study the marital quality for couples who have experienced conflict and concern in their relationship after one partner seriously questions or doubts the couple’s beliefs related to The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. The purpose of this study is to determine what contributes to marital quality in cases where one … [Read more...]

General Conf. – a Mental Health Perspective (Saturday Morning)

We find ourselves once again gathered like the people of Benjamin to listen to the spiritual leaders of our day.  I have found that these General Conference messages go on to color our spiritual lens in a variety of ways for the foreseeable future – in family, church, internet and many other settings.  And as I participate in this bi-annual Mormon ritual, I -like many of you- have a myriad of insights, thoughts, questions, spiritual experiences, and concerns come up in regards to the many … [Read more...]


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