Faith and Mental Health

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This is a podcast focused on building community among mental health professionals and faith leaders. Throughout this podcast, faith leaders will build awareness, offer equipping strategies, and promote supportive environments for all people experiencing mental health challenges. Hosts: Kelsey Newsome, LMSW Based in the Greater Grand Rapids area Rev. Bruce Vaandrager, MDiv Executive director for Hope Network Pastoral Services Ordained minister in the Christian Reformed Church in North America Based in Grand Rapids, Michigan
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Latest Episodes…

  1. Caring for others A deep dive into mental health and caring

    Join Kelsey and Bruce as they discuss the spiritual implications COVID has had on our mental health. They are joined by Rev. Andy Bossardet, the Lead pastor of First Reformed Church in Byron Center, Michigan (former coordinator for equipping thriving congregations for the Reformed Church in America) Doctoral student in trauma-informed ...


  2. Stages of Grief

    Join hosts Kelsey and Bruce as they talk all things grief with Bob VanderPol. Bob is the Executive director for Pine Rest Christian Mental Health Services. ...


  3. Kids and Mental Health with Ej Bast

    Ej Bast is the Dean of Gull Lake Virtual Partnership at Gull Lake Community Schools. Join, he Kelsey and Bruce as they discuss parenting through mental health particularly in the context of the pandemic. ...


  4. Pastoring Through Mental Health.

    Rev. Jim Knol, MDiv, LCSW is the Director of pastoral care for the Christian Health Care Center. He is an ordained as a minister and regional mental health consultant for the Reformed Church in America. He is based in Warwick, New York. ...


  5. What it means to be nice with Christy Buck

    Join us with another episode from Christy Buck, founder of the Mental Health Foundation of West Michigan - Be Nice. Join us as we talk about the elevating rise in mental health and ways we can continue to notice those in our communities who are wrestling and in need.  ...