The Mental Health Ministry provides education and awareness to the parish community on issues related to mental health to breakdown the social stigma of having a mental illness, to provide information and local resources where help can be obtained, and to provide emotional and spiritual support.

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Scroll below to find links to the National Association for Mental Illness and Mental Illness Ministry with Archdiocese of Chicago for many helpful resources and know that you and your family are not alone.

Mental Health Resources

Mental illness affects one on 5 individuals. Each individual has a family so the need is great for our faith communities.

Archdiocesan Commission on Mental Illness
The Commission offers resources to parishes on the spiritual and supportive needs of people with mental illnesses and their families. We offer workshops and presentations on the pastoral needs of people with mental illness and their families. Click below to visit the Commission on Mental Illness page for the Archdiocese of Chicago.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI works to educate, advocate, listen and lead to improve the lives of people with mental illness and their loved ones. Click below for many helpful resources.

10 Common Warning Signs in Teens and Young Adults
Telling the difference between what expected behaviors are and what might be the signs of a mental illness isn’t always easy. There’s no easy test that can let someone know if there is mental illness. Watch this short video using the video link above for common warning signs.

What our Faith Community can do to support those with Mental Illness

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