Mike Jacquart is married and lives in a small town in Wisconsin. He has a bachelor’s degree in journalism and
has worked as a reporter, writer, editor, and author. He edited a newsletter and magazine for
employee assistance professionals, many of whom work in behavioral health. A lot of books on
mental health discuss the characteristics of various disorders but lack the perspective of
someone who has experienced mental illness. In his new book, Climbing out of Darkness: A
Personal Journey into Mental Wellness (with Marina London LCSW), Mike fills a gap in revealing the
impact that mental health challenges can have on one’s daily life.
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Pastor Brad Hoefs, the host of Fresh Hope for Mental Health, founded Fresh Hope Ministries, a network of Christian mental health support groups for those with a diagnosis and their loved ones. In other words, Fresh Hope is a Christian mental health support group.
Brad was diagnosed with bipolar disorder in 1995. He is a weekly blogger for www.bphope.com (Bipolar Magazine). He is also a certified peer specialist and has been doing pastoral counseling since 1985. Brad is also the author of Fresh Hope: Living Well in Spite of a Mental Health Diagnosis, which is available on Amazon or at www.FreshHopeBook.com. Brad and his wife, Donna, wrote a second book for those who love someone with a mental health issue entitled Holding to Hope: Staying Sane While Loving Someone with a Mental Illness which is also available on Amazon.
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