“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.
Those who are my foes without cause are mighty, and many are those who hate me wrongfully. Those who render me evil for good are my adversaries because I follow after good. — Psalms 38:19-20 (NRSV) • Context: Psalms 38:1-22
Be still before the Lord, and wait patiently for him, do not fret over those who prosper in their way. Refrain from anger, and forsake wrath. Do not fret –it leads only to evil. For the wicked shall be cut off, but those who wait for the Lord shall inherit the land. A little while, and the wicked will be no more, though you look for them, they will not be found. But the meek will inherit the land and enjoy great peace. — Various excerpts from Psalms 37:1-40 (NRSV)
Malicious witnesses rise up, they ask me about things I do not know. They repay me evil for good, my soul is forlorn. But as for me, when they were sick, I wore sackcloth. — Psalms 35:11-13 (NRSV) • Context: Psalms 35:1-28
A king is not saved by his great army, a warrior is not delivered by his great strength. The war horse is a vain hope for victory, and by its great might it cannot save. — Psalms 33:16-17 (NRSV) • Context: Psalms 33:1-22
If I have rejoiced at the ruin of those who hated me, or exulted when evil overtook them, let thorns grow instead of wheat, and foul weeds instead of barley. — Job 31:29, 40 (NRSV) • Context: Job 31:29-40