So many turn to faith and their religion when beset by mental illness. Sometimes, though, it’s not faith that fails us, but the people who are our fellow believers. There are still too many who have misconceptions about mental illness, and what it means to have it.

That’s why I’m proud to welcome Julie Fidler and her blog, Amazed by Grace, which will be a blog about faith and mental illness, namely bipolar disorder and depression.

Julie’s writing a new book about this very issue: “The idea for the new book was inspired by the many negative and judgmental reactions I got from my fellow church members and other Christians. Many believers mean well, but […] they too often believe that mental illness is little more than a personality flaw or spiritual weakness.”

“Through this blog and my book, I’m working to help people of faith to understand that the brain is an organ just like the heart, the lung, the kidneys, etc., and sometimes organs fail and get sick. My goal is to do this with solid facts, my own story and the stories of others who have been pushed away by the church, and with a sense of humor because, let’s be honest, such a serious topic deserves a little irreverence once in a while to make it easier to deal with.

“Too many God-fearing people are suffering in silence because they are afraid of being rejected and judged. They need to know they are in good company.”

Please give Julie a warm Psych Central welcome!