Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Workshop

Common Sex Taboos within a Mormon Marriage Natasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington Tuesday, July 29, 2014 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM (PDT)Salt Lake City, UTTicket InformationRegistration per person: $35Event DetailsNatasha Helfer Parker, LCMFT and Alisha Worthington will broach common taboo sexual topics many LDS couples do not know how to discuss or bring up within their relationships.  There are many sexual messages found … [Read more...]

The Mormon Mental Health Association (MMHA)

Mormon Mental Health AssociationFIRST ANNUAL CONFERENCEour 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 women’s ord … [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 the undersigned Morm … [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 families.”  And we ar … [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 asp … [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 sp … [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 asp … [Read more...]

New Podcasts

Please check out the latest podcasts over at Mormon Mental Health which share some extremely important messages and have guests who were willing to speak to our LDS community from some really important organizations.SAMHSA on Mormon Mental Health :Natasha Helfer Parker interviews Administrator Pam Hyde, J.D. from SAMHSA, the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, a public health agency within the Department of Health and Human Services.  They discuss a variety of me … [Read more...]

New Podcasts Available

There are two new podcasts up on Mormon Mental Health:Powerful Puberty: How Self-Care of Mothers Impacts their Adolescent Daughters featuring an interview with Lilian Starling, CMTandDepression and LDS Women featuring Dr. Kris Doty. … [Read more...]


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