It was a beautiful, sunny day. We were doing one of our favorite things – having brunch, in the sun, fresh coffee, talking about our plans for the rest of the day, including shopping, beach swim, and talking about our business and dreaming about the future.
But today was extra special: It was Harvs’ birthday.
We were talking about our passions, about themes many clients were walking through in their lives, and there it was: identity. We had spoken of it countless times before, but today, watching Harvs speak so passionately, so empathetically, so prophetically, about his clients and the lies that had planted to attack their identity, make them doubt their worth, and be the foundations they built their whole lives on. Identity is the number one area of attack for human minds. If the lies can plant at the foundational level of who we are, we question our identity: how we see ourselves, how we see the world, how we see ourselves in the world. And everything else comes from that foundation of who we are.
We have been solely running our mind health clinic: Reminded, for nearly 3 years, several years prior to this under a previous branding, strategically and obediently within the world marketplace, not advertising as Christian, not speaking the name of Jesus to clients, all for the 99% of clients who do not identify as Christian, most of whom would not come for psychological therapy to Reminded if we advertised as Christian. And we love what we do in this space. But we each feel a strong call to minister directly to Christians also. We love running worship bands and pastoring people, we love being leaders in the church, we love speaking biblical truths and kingdom revelation: and we couldn’t do this from Reminded.
I do need to say at this point, everything we say, all the therapies we use, every thing that happens in our therapy rooms within the clinic is God-breathed, Spirit-led, kingdom keys to freedom and Truth. All of it. God was just very clear in it’s inception that it was for the marketplace, that He can speak for Himself, and “even the rocks cry out” so He didn’t require us to speak His name – He was and is fully capable of this Himself.
And oh! The breakthroughs we see; the successful outcomes for people we get to walk them into; the lives we save everyday. We LOVE it!
And then an American pastor died by suicide, and my first thought was, “He didn’t know we were here, or he may still be”…
I saw it that day so clearly, written in my mind’s eye, spelt just as it is – it was one of those, “Are you sure God, I don’t know if I would have called it that” moments. He chose. And it fell into our laps, into our hearts, into our spirits. And we had purchased the business name, domain name and set up the social platforms by the next day.
And that is the start of Identifyed’s journey. This is it. This is where we begin changing Christian culture around pastors and leaders seeking help for their mental health concerns, being able to talk about how they are coping, what they are thinking, how they are feeling, what they are carrying, the fears and voices they fight in the night. Because they are people too. they have minds. No one is immune from mental health concerns, from illness, from overwhelm, from burnout, from fear, from doubt, from lies, from attacks on their identity, from suicide. We need to speak truth into this area, so pastors can be real with how they are really going, and have the support, therapy and healing they need to get through.
We are currently working behind the scenes to develop the logo, website and branding. We are constructing the social platforms, online community and collecting resources for how this arm of our business will get out into the Christian community worldwide.
So watch this space. This is for you. This is for us. For Christ’s bride and every person at the table. So share away, follow us, read, learn, understand, heal.
May no other pastor be taken by suicide, because there is now someone here when they look for help, and we are not going anywhere!
For long lives and whole minds,
Harvs and Sal
Grant and Sally Harvey (or Harvs and Sal) are Clinical Social Workers (AMHSW), married for 16 years, parents to four children (aged 14-7), living in Noosa on the Sunshine Coast in Queensland Australia. They run Reminded mind health clinic in Noosa.
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