Brendan1Meet Brendan Alley, Mental Wellness Intern

Brendan has been involved in church leadership since middle school. He is passionate about the marginalized especially those who have been hurt by the church and strongly believes in Bethel’s value of pursuing grace at all costs. At 16, Brendan was diagnosed with depression and in his twenties, anxiety emerged. Brendan has a BA from Azusa Pacific and is a graduate student at Claremont School of Theology where he is studying spiritual counseling and social change. Brendan is married to his beautiful wife Holly and likes afternoon walks with their dog.

Brendan is a licensed mechanic and enjoys working on cars, reading, comedy, video games, and trying new things.  Email

Meet Bailey, Blogger and Mental Health Ally

Bailey holds a bachelor’s in Psychology from Valparaiso University and a master’s in Magazine Writing from the Univ. of Missouri School of Journalism. By day she works for a mental health center in the quality assurance department, and spends her spare time cross stitching, cuddling her rescue cat, Office Max, reading, grabbing cold brewskis with friends, shooting pool…. Read the Blog

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5 Ways To Be An Ally

  1. LISTEN – Sincere, nonjudgmental, emphatic listening is one of the most important things that you can do in caring for someone with a mental illness. Acceptance, validation, and compassion are very important.
  2.  LINK – Know and have on hand the names, locations, hours, and contact information of mental health service providers and crisis centers. If needed, call on their behalf or bring them to services.
  3.  GET INVOLVED – Join an organization such as NAMI (National Alliance for Mental Illness) and Every Mind Matters that provide mental health awareness, support, and advocacy.
  4.  EDUCATION – Learn more about mental health through classes with NAMI or crisis training with ASIST.
  5.  ADVOCATE – Speak out against the stigma of mental illness. Let others know that you are open and a safe person to talk to.



Support Groups (faith-based)

Shepherd of the Hills – Hillcrest Christian Church Groups include: 12-step addiction recovery, divorce, grief, miscarriage, post-abortion, and veteran support 19700 Rinaldi St Porter Ranch, CA 91326-4100 | (818) 831-9333 Website
Real Life Church (2 Locations) 23841 Newhall Ranch Rd, Valencia, CA 91355 | (661) 775-7401 23780 Newhall Avenue, Newhall, CA 91321 | (661) 775-7401 Short-term group meetings facilitated by a trained leader. Care Groups are between 8-12 weekly sessions on a variety of topics, including: Alzheimers, adoption, cancer, divorce, financial, grief, parenting, marriage, mental health, physical health, and abortion. Website
Grace Community Church Ministry for physical and developmental disabilities.13248 Roscoe Blvd. Sun Valley, CA 91352 | (818) 909-5500 Special Needs Ministry – Special Ministries Pastor Rick McLean (818)-909-5519 Website



Additional Resources

Child and Family Guidance Center The Child and Family Guidance Center provides services in the San Fernando Valley to low income families with children that have significant emotional problems requiring comprehensive mental health interventions.  In addition, they also host comprehensive web pdf files, in English and Spanish, which list resources and referral information for services such as childcare; domestic violence; emergency, food, clothing, and housing; foster children; LGBT community; mental health; substance abuse; parent education; special needs and disabilities; summer camp and recreation; transportation; vocational; adult and youth volunteer; and youth directory. see 9650 Zelzah Avenue Northridge, CA 91325 Office: 818-993-9311 For appointments: 818-739-5250
NAMI San Fernando Valley Branch The National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. (818) 994-6747 14545 Sherman Circle, Van Nuys, CA 91405   Resource Links



Some Videos

The Stigma of Mental Illness and How to be an Ally

If you missed this event then be sure to check out the video of Bethel’s first mental health awareness seminar at Bethel Encino on May 15th 2016.  Guest speakers include Bailey Brewer, Brendan Alley, Juliette Pugh, and Jeff Fox.  The seminar consisted of shared personal stories, a theological perspective on mental illness, positive mental health practices, and more.

Brendan Alley Stigma of Mental Illness

Brendan Alley, with humor, shares his experience with depression and anxiety to raise mental health awareness. Video shot April 2016.

Mental Health Services Slide Show

This power point slide show, set to the music of Rachel Platten’s “Fight Song,”  lists some of the free to low cost mental health services and resources in the San Fernando Valley and online.  Created May 2016.

Stigma & How to be an Ally

This power point slide show, slightly modified, was presented at the “Stigma of Mental Illness and How to be an Ally” event on May 15th 2016.(for full event see video above)  Slide show set to the music of Crowder’s “Come As You Are.”

“There is Hope”

This very cool music video was produced by the Hope for Mental Health ministry of Saddleback Church.  This song was written to share hope with those who struggle with mental illness and to help breakdown the stigma and stereotype. Bethel Encino wholeheartedly agrees with Saddleback that “people need to know that God cares and so does the church!”  Music written by Aaron Crumbey, produced by Tony Guerrero and Aaron Crumbey.  Video by Tyler Adams. November 2015.  Some mental health disorder statistics are shown before the music starts. (approx. 30 seconds)  For more information on Saddleback Church’s Hope for Mental Health ministry please visit

“Mental Health: Last Week Tonight With John Oliver” (HBO)

John Oliver delivers a strong critique on the United States approach to serve those with mental illness.  This episode is both entertaining and compelling.  Oliver’s message is a well articulated call for change.

Other Media

“The Fear of Failure: Becoming the New You” podcast by Brendan Alley

Although this podcast by Brendan Alley is not specific to mental health it addresses issues of self-esteem as it relates to personal failures.  Often we fixate on our failures rather than successes. Failure is inevitable but what matters is how we use failures to become something better and new.  In this podcast, I use the lens of the process theological concept of “Becoming” to show how failures contribute to our becoming of something new.  We cannot allow the fear of failure to keep us from discovering all of life’s possibilities and our full potential. July 2016.


“Stigma” – A beautiful song on mental health awareness

Piano and composition by Kayla Diamond, lyrics by Eli “LE” Lesser, cover art by Samara Bernstein-Hendry, and produced by LE featuring Kayla Diamond.  October 2015


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