021: Silent Souls Weeping: Depression in Women of Faith w/ Jane Clayson Johnson

Suffocating sadness, feelings of sinking, drowning in the depths, the ache of deep self-loathing…How and why does depression strike in spiritual people?  Join me as I tackle this sensitive topic with Jane Clayson Johnson, an award-winning, nationally syndicated journalist and author of Silent Souls Weeping – Depression: Sharing Stories, Finding Hope. One of her life purposes as a mother, a woman of faith and a journalist is to shine a light on the desperate, dark, and lonely reality faced by those who struggle with clinical depression. Jane shares her own difficult experiences, along with others – particularly in the sociocultural context of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (Mormons). Suicide is the leading cause of death for Utahns ages 10 to 17 and ages 18 to 24. It is the second leading cause of death for ages 25 to 44 and the fourth-leading cause of death for ages 45-64.  Utah’s Public Health Indicator Based Information System reports, “Completed suicides are only part of the problem. More people are hospitalized or treated in an emergency room for suicide attempts than are fatally injured. In 2014, the most recent data year available, 13 Utahns were treated for self-inflicted injuries every day.”

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Jane offers unique research and understanding on depression and suicide.

In this episode:

  • Why do we work so hard to “prop up the façade” and hide our flaws, rather than get real and transparent?  
  • How does cultural and familial shame contribute to situational depression?
  • Why is there such a stigma about depression in religious and spiritual communities?
  • How does “toxic perfectionism” come into play?

Check out Jane’s books and website

Check out my 22 Day Depression Cleanse  (22 Days, 22 Minutes a Day, $22.00) “Healing wasn’t meant to be complicated.”

Follow me and Women Seeking Wholeness on Facebook.

I have recently launched two online courses: The Emotional Wholeness Master Class and The 22 Day Depression Cleanse which can be found HERE.  

I am the author of two e-books, “Where Depression Ends and You Begin: 4 Passages to  Discovery”; and “True and Lasting Change–4 Ways to Break Through Fear.

My Stand Speak Shine programs provide women with retreats and mentoring programs to empower them to heal, express and create.  

My book, If She Could Speak, will be released in 2020.

 

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