My Quiet Cave is a nonprofit organization creating space for faith and mental health
We create space to heal in Overcome, a 9 week group study for those affected by mental illness or mental disorder.
We create space for community in Cave Groups, ongoing support groups for those affected by mental illness or mental disorder.
We create space to learn in workshops for faith leaders in the Denver area about mental health issues.
A Need and a Calling
My Quiet Cave formed in 2011, after our founders discovered a gap between the church and the mental health community. It seemed like faith and mental health were in separate parts of the world. The church was not a safe place for people with a mental health issues, and traditional mental health resources seemed to push people away from the church.
After experiencing judgment from the church for having mental health issues, we decided to try and create space for faith and mental health, to bridge the gap between the two worlds. We wanted to make the church a safe place for people with any kind of mental illness or struggle. We also wanted to make the church a resource in the fight for mental health, instead of a roadblock.
We didn’t know how to begin bridging the gap, so we started with our stories. We had experience with mental illness and getting stabilized. We knew how to do self care, how important therapists and psychiatrists are, and what an incredible difference it made knowing that God made us valuable. So we started there.
We started programs that failed for one reason or another, always learning what was working and what wasn’t, so we could make everything we did better. Along the way, we found some incredible insights. We found that every person with mental illness we interviewed believed 3 things:
- They could never get back to the person they used to be.
- God was disappointed in them.
- God didn’t care about them or hated them because of the pain they were going though.
What we also found is that all of these were half true, and half untrue.
Every person would never be the person they were before because mental health is such a hard and often painful road that it makes us into someone we couldn’t be before. We learn about ourselves and gain more empathy than we could often imagine.
We may believe that God is disappointed in us because we are so used to trying to earn God’s love. It feels real that God should be disappointed that we can’t perform like we used to. But that isn’t actually who God is. He loves us because He made us worthy of being loved. Being loved and worthy is part of our very DNA.
It may feel like you have been abandoned because God feels so far away and the pain is consuming. But God is a God who weeps with us in our pain and struggles.
Our programs at My Quiet Cave were born to help the church be an asset to mental health. We want to help individuals and their families undo their false beliefs about about themselves and God. We have met many incredible people in our journey! Our mission is to help people believe in themselves, believe in God, and help them see themselves as God sees them.