Mental Illness

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In this section is content related to Mental Illness. It includes a theological framework, catechetical resources, a listing of other resources, eventslinks and foundational documents and concepts in disability ministry.

Mental Illness Prayer Group



Awareness Commemorations
May is Mental Health Month -
October 1-7 is Awareness Week
October 3, 2017 is Day of Prayer



Annual Mass Planning Resources

 Annual Mass How-to and Checklist  Word
 2015 Annual Mass Announcement   Word
 2015 Annual Mass Flyer   PDF


 See below for more resources.


 Welcomed and Valued: Mental Illness Resource Manual and DVD

The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness. Click here to purchase from Amazon.




The DVD features in depth looks at people with mental illness and how they participate in parish life.
(27 minute open captioned DVD)
Discussion guide included. Click here to purchase from Amazon.





(PART 1)

(PART 2)


 Welcomed and Valued DVD Discussion Starters    Word  PDF
 Psychiatric Advance Directive  Link    
Welcome and Appreciate Web Page Word PDF
Short Bulletin Articles Web Page Word PDF
Six Week Bulletin Series Web Page Word PDF
Prayer and Prayer Services Web Page Word PDF
Sample Mass Petitions Web Page Word PDF
Homily Prep Web Page Word PDF
Mental Illness and Reconciliation Web Page Word PDF
Peer Support Web Page Word PDF
Suicide Web Page Word PDF
St. Dymphna Web Page Word PDF


Mental Illness Council

Theological Framework Web Page Word PDF
NCPD Board Resolution Web Page    
Council Members Web Page    



 Chicago Achdiocese Mental Illness Ministries  Link    
 Mental Health Ministries  Link    
 NAMI Faithnet  Link    
 Pathways to Promise  Link    



Catechetical Resources

Access and Inclusion Models   Word  PDF
Sacramental Guidelines (USCCB - 1995)
Link Word PDF
Continuum of Models for Religious Education   Word PDF
Individual Religious Education Plan   Word PDF

Ministry Tools

Papal Message on World Day of the Sick Link    
Pastoral Statement (USCCB - 1978)
Pastoral Statement - Large Print   Word PDF
Welcome and Justice (USCCB -1998)
Opening Doors to Welcome and Justice/ Parish Guide Link    
Quotes from Documents   Word PDF
Evolving Definition of Disability
Web page    
Bibliography   Word PDF
National Directory for Catechesis Link    

Foundational Documents for Disability Ministry

Mental Illness-Specific Resources


‘For I Am Lonely and Afflicted’ 
Toward a just response to the needs of mentally ill persons 
A Statement of the Catholic Bishops of New York State 

The NCPD Council on Mental Illness has released a statement on the shooting in Tucson. To read the full statement click here.



MI Resource Binder.pdf1.31 MB
Welcomed and Valued - Spanish pt 1 RD.pdf6.53 MB
Welcomed and Valued - Spanish pt 2 RD.pdf6.26 MB