Monthly Archives: September 2013

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How Shootings Stigmatize People Living with Mental Illness

 

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Why the name Centurion Strong?

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Hello!

We here at Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance (CSMHA) want you to know that we are very excited to work within our faith communities and local community services and providers in bringing awareness of mental health, mental illness, and suicide. We are now in the position to have CSMHA blog. And we want to hear from you!

We are constantly asked where did the name Centurion Strong come from. I can say it came directly from God, years before I knew I would be doing this type of work.  He had already in planted in me what was needed to birth this organization.

The story of the Centurion that came to Jesus, knowing he wasn’t worthy, but asked Jesus to heal his servant. He must have cared for this servant greatly, to come to Jesus (a Jew) on behalf of his servant.

The Centurion acknowledged the power and authority of Jesus and believed if Jesus would just speak the word of healing his servant would be saved.  After speaking the word of healing, Jesus looked out toward the crowd and spoke of the Centurion’s great faith, that he (Jesus) had not found in all of Israel.

Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance is based upon this ‘great faith’ in Jesus. Recognizing He is a healer and in Him all things are possible.  Because we recognize and acknowledge His grace towards us, we work within our faith communities, bringing training, resources, education and support for those with mental illness in their congregations.

Does Your Pastor Know…

  • One in four persons sitting in our pews has a family member struggling with mental health issues
  • 60% of individuals with a mental health issue first go to a spiritual leader for help
  • Studies show that clergy are the least effective in providing appropriate support and referral information

We would love to hear from you. Do you have family members with a mental illness? Do you have a mental illness? Do you feel safe to be able to talk with your pastor regarding your diagnosis? What would you need, from your faith leaders, to know on how to better support you? Are you a Faith Leader who wants to know more about supporting your total congregation in regards to mental illness?


We are sharing the passages below of the Centurion’s story.

Matthew 8:5-10

And when Jesus was entered into Capernaum, there came unto him a centurion, beseeching him,

And saying, Lord, my servant lieth at home sick of the palsy, grievously tormented.

And Jesus saith unto him, I will come and heal him.

The centurion answered and said, Lord, I am not worthy that thou shouldest come under my roof: but speak the word only, and my servant shall be healed.

For I am a man under authority, having soldiers under me: and I say to this man, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

10 When Jesus heard it, he marveled, and said to them that followed, Verily I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel.

Luke 7:8-9

For I also am a man set under authority, having under me soldiers, and I say unto one, Go, and he goeth; and to another, Come, and he cometh; and to my servant, Do this, and he doeth it.

When Jesus heard these things, he marveled at him, and turned him about, and said unto the people that followed him, I say unto you, I have not found so great faith, no, not in Israel

Legina Deaver

Centurion Strong Mental Health Alliance

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Mania Starts Off GREAT, then the world comes to a halt. But I thank God I am still here

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I remember in my younger days. I didn’t know exactly what bipolar disorder or mania was. In the beginning I would go into these deep depressions. I would listen to dark music because it fit my mood. Then here we go, mania time! ! I was piped and ready to take on the world. Mania has ideas that start coming on very fast. I had this increased amount of energy. I had little need for sleep.. I was always so ‘happy, and great to be around at parties. When I was in college I was an honor student, won major scholarships that would have paid for my future education. I was president of ‘everything.’ The ideas were coming in fast; I felt I could achieve anything. I think I started over 17 businesses over the course of a few years. I was so busy starting new businesses, because it was…

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Mania Starts Off GREAT, then the world comes to a halt. But I thank God I am still here

I remember in my younger days. I didn’t know exactly what bipolar disorder or mania was. In the beginning I would go into these deep depressions. I would listen to dark music because it fit my mood. Then here we go, mania time! ! I was piped and ready to take on the world. Mania has ideas that start coming on very fast. I had this increased amount of energy. I had little need for sleep.. I was always so ‘happy, and great to be around at parties. When I was in college I was an honor student, won major scholarships that would have paid for my future education. I was president of ‘everything.’ The ideas were coming in fast; I felt I could achieve anything. I think I started over 17 businesses over the course of a few years. I was so busy starting new businesses, because it was such a higher priority, that I could not finish any of my other ‘projects.’ Then the mania stops, I found myself in the chaos I had created. Now there are far too many ideas. My mood becomes overwhelming and confusion replaces clarity. My mood shifts from joyful to increased irritability, anger and hostility. My world just stopped.

During my last semester of college it all came tumbling down. All the things I had worked so hard on, not just for me, but also for the school, and our program. It was then I had learned some of my classmates seeing me in my best mania, believed I found myself superior and saw myself as being better then they were. In all honesty, in my mania, I did believe I was superior. Now, I could the barely keep up the pace I had set for myself. Now I am in a corner, crying at times, wondering what I was I going to do next. I felt like people were waiting for me to fail.

Praise God, I made it through and graduated. Despite my disorder, I graduated with honors. Now, I had to put my life back together. I was a wife, mother of 3 beautiful daughters and now a college graduate. I wasn’t diagnosed bipolar at the time, so I tilted to extreme to one end of the pole to the extreme opposite end. Now that I have a name for my ‘craziness’ (Please don’t take offense. I am just referring to what I felt). Now I have a name, bipolar disorder. Now I can begin the wellness process. There were a lot of crisis events during that time, but now that I am on my medical regimen. I don’t have to be afraid. I know there will be scary times, even times when I don’t feel safe to care for myself and have to be hospitalized.

If I can stay grounded (DLT) and focus on my thought patterns (CBT), keep up with my meds and doctor/therapy visits. The world seems like a different place. My family had to put up with me in good and bad times.

I dedicate this blog to my mom, Christine D. Thank You for loving me the way I am.