“Families are the shadow mental health system in America, unheralded and unsung …” –Dr. Joyce Burland
12 radio spots celebrating … the heroic valor of families and friends supporting those with mental illness amid an appalling amount of societal ignorance and stigma and a difficult-to-navigate mental health system.
Produced by Mennonite Media, the spots are released to radio stations for use as public service announcements, which are aired at no charge. All the spots are stories of real people, interviewed for the documentary Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness.
If you are a broadcaster please feel free to request a CD or download from this site for use on your station, and we’d love to hear from youif use them.
Is not this the fast that I choose: to loose the bonds of injustice, to undo the thongs of the yoke, to let the oppressed go free, and to break every yoke. Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, and bring the homeless poor into your house; when you see the naked, to cover them, and not to hide yourself from your own kin? — Isaiah 58:6-7 (NRSV) • Context: Isaiah 58:4-7
But the hour is coming, and is now here, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and truth, for the Father seeks such as these to worship him. God is spirit, and those who worship him must worship in spirit and truth.” — John 4:23-24 (NRSV) • Context: John 4:21-24
One day Jesus was praying in a certain place. When he finished, one of his disciples said to him, “Lord, teach us to pray, just as John taught his disciples.” He said to them, “When you pray, say: ‘Father, hallowed be your name, your kingdom come. Give us each day our daily bread. Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive everyone who sins against us. And lead us not into temptation.’” — Luke 11:1-4 (NIV)
Again, truly I tell you, if two of you agree on earth about anything you ask, it will be done for you by my Father in heaven. “For where two or three are gathered in my name, I am there among them.” — Matthew 18:19-20 (NRSV)
The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth. He fulfills the desires of those who fear him, he hears their cry and saves them. The Lord watches over all who love him, but all the wicked he will destroy. My mouth will speak in praise of the Lord. Let every creature praise his holy name for ever and ever. — Psalms 145:18-21 (NRSV)
[Azariah] went out to meet Asa and said to him, “Hear me, Asa, and all Judah and Benjamin: The Lord is with you, while you are with him. If you seek him, he will be found by you, but if you abandon him, he will abandon you.” — 2 Chronicles 15:2 (NRSV)
And after you have suffered for a little while, the God of all grace, who has called you to his eternal glory in Christ, will himself restore, support, strengthen, and establish you. To him be the power forever and ever. Amen. — 1 Peter 5:10-11