When dealing with a loved one suffering with mental illness and or addiction, life can be quite challenging and full of fear, resentment and even anger. We want to have compassion and patience, [...]
Mental Health Ministry Mission: As members of Christ’s Body, the Church, we are called to encounter the living Christ in all persons. Holy Spirit strives to create a Catholic community that receives everyone with love.
Most of us have experienced times when we’ve had trouble dealing with daily life. Many of us have been diagnosed with a mental health problem or felt that our mental health was poor. The Mental Health Ministry team primary goal is to provide a safe and nurturing environment where people can share their stories and know that they are not alone.
About our Ministry: Our team consists of volunteers who, as non-professionals with generous hearts for giving, are familiar with mental illness/mental health issues and the effects on individuals and families. Team members participate in regular informational meetings designed to strengthen their ministry skills.
Ministry team members are able to offer:
– A prayerful listening ear. Team members listen carefully, much as Our Lord did, and validate the experience of those reaching out for help. The team members provide a safe place where confidential and prayerful listening can occur and spiritual comfort may be experiences. They are able to reassure those who ask for help that they are not alone and through prayer, lift their spirits by hearing the struggles.
– A listing of mental health service agencies and mental health professionals
– Regular mental-health-related educational events based upon the needs determined relevant within our Holy Spirit community.
– Small group programs created by Grace Alliance (www.mentalhealthgracealliance.org)
Contact Pastoral Care to be directed to a member of the Mental Health Ministry team.
Join the ministry team: Some of the responsibilities of a Mental Health Minister include: meeting monthly with MHM team, representing at Diocesan meetings, working to schedule speakers of public education for parish, co-lead small group programs, cultivate relationships and outside MH resources, prayer and listening support for parishioners as needed.
Questions? Please contact:email@example.comHolly Salkeld,
(Text “BAY” for Crisis Support in Bay Area):
|California Youth Crisis||800-843-5200|
|Santa Clara County Emergency Psychiatric Service||485-885-6100|
|NAMI Warm Line (open M-F; 10am – 6pm)||408-453-0400|
|National Suicide Prevention Lifeline||1-800-273-8255|
|National Mental Health and Substance Abuse Helpline||1-800-662-HELP (4357)|
|National Domestic Violence Hotline||1-800-799-7233 (SAFE)|
|Santa Clara County||855-278-4204|
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