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Becky Castle Miller

Writer / Church staff, Damascus Road International Church in Maastricht

This is What Going Crazy Feels Like

PRESENTED ON DEC 09, 2014
IN MAASTRICHT @ VOL 24

In 2009, while dealing with undiagnosed postpartum depression, Becky Castle Miller experienced an emotional breakdown. She battled Major Depressive Disorder for two years. She wants to invite people into the experience of mental illness to help reduce the stigma surrounding public discussions of mental health. In January, she will be (re)launching an online magazine about women's mental and emotional health. 

"Presentation of the Day" on February 4, 2015.

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Mental Illness Recovery Journals

BY BRYNN MCDONNELL
@ VOL 2 ON JAN 21, 2016

Speaker Brynn McDonnell walks us through her experiences with mental illness through humor, personal stories, and research.

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Mental Rescue Society, Redefining the Conversation Around Mental Health

BY QUINN OHLER
@ VOL 25 ON JUN 09, 2016

"It's no surprise that there's a stigma around mental illness. Things are starting to change, but they need to change quicker."

Everyday thousands of people struggle to achieve what they feel is their definition of normal. Quinn Ohler is a member of Mental Rescue, a group of like-minded individuals bringing light to the shadows of mental health, by promoting physical and mental well-being. 

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Re-Positioning Mental Health

BY MARK KORTHUIS
@ VOL 28 ON JUN 01, 2017

“It might surprise you that Abraham Lincoln, when he was the President of the United States, suffered from clinical depression. He suffered for the duration of his life, and at the time they considered that a character flaw.”

Mark Korthuis examines the history of mental health—where we've been, where we are now, and why the mental health landscape will look drastically different over the next 150 years.

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Smashing the Stigma of Mental Illness

BY ALISON INGALLS
@ VOL 41 ON MAY 24, 2018

Alison Ingalls talks about a story of dealing with depression and finding hope.

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The Gifts of Mental Health Illness

BY ANDREA SCHNEIDER
@ VOL 49 ON JUL 03, 2018

Having lived her life with chronic mental health illnesses (MHI), Andrea wants to de-stigmatise and sensitise people to the life of someone with MHI's. By presenting her story and highlighting the gifts it has brought her, she also wants to flip everything we believe about mental illness. Having been diagnosed with binge eating disorder, borderline personality disorder, OCD, ADD and being bipolar, she is now happily married and leads one of the most progressive projects working with people who inject themselves with drugs.

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Crazy vs Courageous

BY JENNIFER LUDWIG
@ VOL 29 ON AUG 19, 2016

Jennie Ludwig is a licensed clinical counselor and has been working in the mental health field for the last 12 years.  She currently works at Connections, a behavioral health agency in northeast ohio, as a director of clinical services.  Jennie is passionate about wanting to help others understand and recognize the signs and symptoms of mental illness.  

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The Truth about Mental Illness

BY JAMES LOTT
@ VOL 14 ON NOV 30, 2018

James Lott has a lot of experience with mental illness. Listen to his presentation as he clarifies the realities of what mental illness is and is not.

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Call Me Crazy But....!

BY LAETITIA BOOYSEN
@ VOL 20 ON FEB 06, 2019

Laetitia Booysen was raised in a small town in the Northern Cape. As a teenager, she spent most of her time on the netball court in a freestyle dancing studio or in front of her textbooks.  She holds a BA degree with a major in Sport Science and Psychology a Post Graduate Certificate in Education as well as an Honours Degree in Psychology from the University of Stellenbosch. Laetitia is extremely passionate about long-distance running and has completed three Two Oceans Ultra Marathons and two Comrades Ultra Marathons to boot. She believes that exercise is one of the most important components of a healthy lifestyle.  Laetitia published her first book called, Bright is the Black Night, in August 2017. The book is both a testament to her journey with bipolar disorder and bulimia. The book provides support to those who are still travelling this journey. She has had the privilege of being a guest speaker at various events including two of South Africa’s most popular TV shows: Real Talk with Anele and Afternoon Express. Her goal is to create awareness on mental health problems – and to show others that they are not alone and that there is always hope!  

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Joy!, Antidote To My Past Depression

BY JEHANNE DUFRESNE
@ VOL 39 ON APR 25, 2019

Jehanne Dufresne is originally from Haiti and a graduate of Wilberforce University. One of her passions is holistic health, and her presentation explores joy, a true feeling one can feel and use to overcome depression. Here she shares her own experiences and techniques on overcoming challenging times.