Mental Health Ministry

“Whoever suffers mental illness always bears God’s image and likeness, and has an inalienable right to be considered a person and treated as such.”

– St. Pope John Paul II

As many as one in four families will experience some form of mental illness and the accompanying effects. Mental illness can strike anyone regardless of creed, color, gender, status or age. Those experiencing a mental illness often feel isolated due to stigma and discrimination in society, at work, in their homes, and even in faith communities. As members of the Body of Christ, we are called to encounter and accompany the living Christ in all persons. Whether you are suffering from a mental health challenge or illness or walking with a family member or friend in their struggles, please check out the resources on this page for help.

6.7% (16.2 million)

adults (age 18 or older) had a major depressive
episode during the past year


12.8% (3.1 million)

youth (aged 12 to 17) had a major depressive
episode during the past year


help and healing

what parishes can do

upcoming mental health ministry events

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Suicide Prevention

Are you in crisis?
Do you know someone who is?

Call the toll-free National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) at 9-8-8, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. This service is available to everyone. The deaf and hard of hearing can contact the Lifeline via TTY at 1-800-799-4889. All calls are confidential. Contact social media outlets directly if you are concerned about a friend’s social media updates or dial 911 in an emergency. Learn more on the NSPL’s website.

Lifeline 9-8-8 ofrece servicios gratuitos en español las 24 horas del de día, los 7 días de la semana, y no es necesario hablar inglés si usted necesita ayuda.Obtenga más información en español aquí.

resources by topic

Catechism of the Catholic Church on Suicide (2280-2283) (PDF)

Prayer after Suicide (PDF)

Pope prays for those with mental illness and victims of suicide – Aleteia article – 1/10/21 (PDF)

Intercessory Prayers Addressing Mental Illness, Suicidality and Suicide Loss (PDF)

Prayer of the Faithful for Suicide Awareness Month (DOCX)

Suicide and Our Misunderstandings – Ron Rolheiser, OMI – 6/22 (PDF)

Karla Smith’s Serenity Prayer from the film, “When a Loved One Dies by Suicide” (PDF)

RECongress PowerPoint on Suicide and the Church – Deacon Ed Shoener – 3/22 (PDF)

Prayer Service at the Palace of Suicide (PDF)

Suicide Nurse Corner in English and Spanish _ St. Joachim, Diocese of Orange (DOCX)

Homily – Suicide Awareness Month – Deacon Ed Shoener (PDF)

Mass of Remembrance – Phoenix, AZ – 9/4/22 (YouTube)

A Life Changed by Suicide: Bishop Dolan’s Story (YouTube)

Living Rosary Prayers and Resources – Diocese of Rockford (PDF)

Homily – Suicide Remembrance and Healing Mass – Deacon Ed Shoener – 9/18/22 (PDF)

Program – Suicide Remembrance Mass – Diocese of Scranton – 9/18/22 (PDF)

Esperanza Y Sanación: carta pastoral de los obispos de California (Hope and Healing: A Pastoral Letter from the Bishiops of California) (PDF)

The Sanctuary Course para Católicos (The Sanctuary Course for Catholics in Spanish)

Estaciones de la Cruz (Stations of the Cross) (DOCX)

La siguiente oración se dice diariamente: Cada Día Oración (Each Day Prayer) (PDF)

Proceso de Alcance Comunitario (Community Outreach Process) (PDF)

Enfermedad mental con gracia: una serie de 5 noches (en español e inglés) / Mental Illness with Grace: A 5-Night Series (Both Spanish and English) (DOCX)

Anuncios del boletín de la serie educativa parroquial de 4 semanas (español e inglés) / 4 Week Parish Educational Series Bulletin Announcments (Spanish and English) (DOCX)

Acciones Específicas – Deacon Tom Lambert (PDF)

Llevando a Cristo a las familias que atraviesan problemas de salud mental – San Francisco (PDF)

Declaración en inglés y español para el mes de la salud mental (English and Spanish Statement for Mental Health Month) St. Joachim, Diocese of Orange (DOCX)

Declaración sobre el duelo en inglés y español (Statement on Grief in English and Spanish) – St. Joachim, Diocese of Orange (DOCX)

Rincón de enfermeras de prevención del suicidio en inglés y español (Suicide Nurse Corner in English and Spanish) – St. Joachim, Dicoese of Orange (DOCX)

Pasos de acción – Rincón de la enfermera del dolor emocional en inglés y español (Action Steps – Emotional Pain Nurse Corner in English and Spanish) St. Joachim, Diocese of Orange (DOCX)

Sanación a través del amor – Mayo – (Healing Through Love – May) – Most Holy Rosary, Oakland (PDF)

Curación a través del amor Tri-Fold (Healing through Love Tri-Fold) – Most Holy Rosary, Oakland (PDF)

Presentación de información (Information PowerPoint) – Most Holy Rosary, Oakland (PowerPoint)

Acerca de la curación a través del amor PowerPoint (About Healing through Love PowerPoint) – Most Holy Rosary, Oakland (PowerPoint)