Episode Summary:

It’s my heart’s desire to be part of the solution with respect to tearing down stigma as it relates to mental health, especially in the church and Christian circles. Mental health issues are frequently misunderstood by people, even those diagnosed, but especially those who haven’t personally experienced it. How do we tear down the stigma surrounding mental health without education?

More importantly, how can we be part of the solution rather than add to the problem? Sometimes the best teacher is experience, but I would never wish mental health issues on anyone just so they could gain deeper compassion and empathy for those who are struggling, although that did happen to me after I endured both clinical depression and anxiety.

In this episode, Greg Atkinson and I talk about Bipolar Disorder Stigma.

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Quotables from the episode:

  • We do not put our faith in man but in God.
  • Healing and life are found in community.
  • A key to healing is forgiveness.
  • Stigma is perpetuated by ignorance and a lack of understanding.


Scripture References:

  • Romans 12:15 NLT Be happy with those who are happy, and weep with those who weep.
  • Proverbs 15:1 (NIV) A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.”


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Greg Atkinson, authorGreg Atkinson is an author, speaker, pastor, coach and consultant. He is the Founder and CEO of Worship Impressions, the First Impressions Conference, as well as the Co-Founder of the Social Media Church Conference. He has been featured in Forbes, the Wall Street Journal, Christianity Today, and on CBS, FOX, and NBC.





Hosted By: Dr. Michelle Bengtson
Audio Technical Support: Bryce Bengtson


Discover how we can dismantle the walls of stigma surrounding mental health, especially in Christian circles, and become part of the solution. In this enlightening episode, Greg Atkinson and I discuss Bipolar Disorder Stigma, providing insights to help you understand and support those who struggle.