Our Stigma
Breaking the silence on mental health in faith communities.
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Welcome to Our Stigma, a project led by Pastor Seth Perry, dedicated to addressing mental health stigma within church communities. He utilizes writing, videos, and preaching to initiate dialogue. Seth lives well with a diagnosis of bipolar disorder type 1, and he aims to promote understanding and support both inside and outside faith communities.



The Imperfect Pastor

I always forget that I am not perfect and I cannot achieve perfection. I meet a lot of people that struggle with this as well.

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My Diagnosis is not my Personality

A mental health condition can significantly impact your life. Upon receiving my diagnosis, I found myself questioning if bipolar disorder had eclipsed my personality. However, over time and through treatment, I gained hope.

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Sobriety is not Superiority

I selfishly held onto the belief that sobriety was not only my path but the best and only path. However, this perception of superiority ended up causing me significant harm in the long run. I urge you to explore this article, as it delves into alternative perspectives and ways of thinking.

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Is your family dysfunctional or are they wounded?

I’ve long labeled my family as dysfunctional, yet recently I’ve started to ponder the validity of that perception. Through this article, I delve into the possibility that what I’ve perceived as dysfunction might actually stem from unhealed wounds within my family.

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Placing High Demands on Yourself

A devotion.

Active addiction hindered my personal growth. In early recovery, I believed I had to catch up with the world. Shouldering the burden of my past was a heavy weight to carry. I needed help with my self-imposed burden of high standards.

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“In this day and age, people should feel comfortable talking about their mental health diagnosis at church.”

In February 2023, Pastor Seth Perry made the decision to openly share his mental health diagnosis at church. Since then, he has aimed to initiate conversations about mental health and its relationship with faith. His own experiences with a mental health condition, coupled with his commitment to therapy and a healthy lifestyle, have enabled him to effectively pursue his calling as a pastor while managing his condition. Pastor Seth Perry hopes to create an inclusive and supportive environment where individuals struggling with mental health challenges, both inside and outside the church, can find understanding, acceptance, and the necessary resources for healing and growth.

Supported By...

Launched with the generous backing of a Mental Health Awareness Grant from the St. Paul Area Synod of the ELCA, the ‘Our Stigma’ initiative stands for change and understanding. This project also finds unwavering support from Elim Lutheran Church in Scandia, MN. In the fall of 2023 the project received additional financial support from a Health and Wellness Partner Grant from M Health Fairview and a Walmart Community Grant.  Join the mission to break down stigma, embrace empathy, and use the hashtag #giveupthestigma to spread the message further.

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