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How to help a depressed friend

help a depressed friend

    People often ask me how to help a depressed friend. That depends.   If you are not super close, help a depressed friend by: -Reaching out via text or with a card letting her know you are praying for and thinking of her. -Leaving a small gift or a meal (without the expectation that she will open the door). -Praying for them regularly.   If you are a bit closer, help a depressed friend by: -Doing all of the above. -Noticing when she is…

Depression is lonely, It helps to identify why

Depression is lonely. I know because I am lonely when I am in a major depressive episode. Saying that depression is lonely probably makes my husband sigh and people in my life cringe because they try to be there for me. They want to be my friends and I reject them. Can I be honest? It makes me sigh and cringe, too. Loneliness is part of my illness. It is a battle, friendship that is, one in which I’m often unable to tackle even though…

Sometimes the praise is in the poop

Sometimes the praise is in the poop when it comes to depression. A few days ago, I posted a live video on Facebook about motherhood and depression… and then I fell into a pit of depression. Good times. Today I posted a much shorter video regarding all this, and how sometimes, the praise is in the poop… that is, little things can prove to us that God will never leave us nor forsake us (Deuteronomy 3:6), even if the reminder of coming out of an…

Book launch day! Still Life is here…

Still Life book launch day

Book launch day… Still Life is here! It is Still Life’s book launch day. It is finally, officially my book launch day. Still Life, A Memoir of Living Fully with Depression is here. I can’t believe it. It seemed like this book launch was far away and now here it is, actual pages, a book with a binding and everything, being shipped off to people to read (well, I hope that part is true). “A person who publishes a book appears willfully in the public eye…

Join my Still Life Insiders Facebook Group!

Still Life Insiders Facebook Group

I’d love for you to join my Still Life Insiders Facebook group… As many of you know, I have struggled with severe depression for many years. Still Life, A Memoir of Living with Depression (publishing May 1st!) is a book that will give you a first hand, insider’s look at what that does to a mother, a family, and to a faith. I pray that God uses the book for good and helps others who struggle with mental health and their families to know they are…