Welcome back, Viral Jesus family! During our summer break, many of you asked if we could do more episodes on the subject of mental health. And we wasted no time in giving you exactly what you wanted. We’re kicking off Season 4 with TikTok's favorite trauma therapist, Kobe Campbell. Kobe joins Heather for an incredibly thoughtful and wise conversation about the intersections of faith, social media, and mental health.
Heather also asks Kobe for her thoughts on the rise of “TikTok therapy.” Has social media created an oversimplification of therapy terminology? Has this generation become too comfortable with invoking high-level language and concepts that they don’t fully understand? And are these trends helping or hurting us? You will find this conversation incredibly insightful, and we hope it also leaves you feeling hopeful about boldly facing any trauma you’ve endured.
An Important Warning: Heather and Kobe’s discussion of mental health and trauma includes the mention of a suicide attempt.
Also in today’s episode, Heather introduces a new segment called Safe Space. In each installment, she will be joined by her best friend and co-blogger Scarlett Longstreet to discuss social media, popular culture, and other interesting topics. Heather and Scarlett are very different. They don’t share the same religion or background, but as BFFs they’ve done a good job of creating a safe space for both meaningful and casual conversation.
Kobe Campbell is a Charlotte, NC-based, Ghanaian American and an award-winning licensed trauma therapist, bestselling author, and transformative leader. She holds a master’s degree in Christian Counseling from Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary. Kobe uses TikTok to create posts (that often go viral) about teaching people real-life applications for her clinical study. Her latest book is Why Am I Like This? How to Break Cycles, Heal from Trauma, and Restore Your Faith.
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Heather Thompson Day is an associate professor of communication at Andrews University in Berrien Springs, Michigan. She is the author of eight books, including I’ll See You Tomorrow and It’s Not Your Turn. Reach out to Heather on Twitter @HeatherTDay and on Instagram @heatherthompsonday.
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