Did you know that one out of every four families experiences mental illness? When your parish gathers, nearly everyone there will know someone who has a mental illness of varying severity and length. Because of the stigma attached to it, few will come forward, but it is there.
Resources for parishes for Mental Health Awareness Month are listed below. Some are as simple as a prayer for the Prayer of the Faithful during Mass, or informational articles ready for printing. Others including prayer services and informational programs call for some planning. There is something for every parish that can help to give hope to those who live with mental illness.
Resources are listed below whenever possible they are in both Spanish and English.
Including the concerns of persons with mental illness, their families and those who care for them, is an important way of showing care and support.
(In Spanish and English)
Click here  for Prayers of the Faithful for Mental Health Awareness.
(In Spanish and English)
(Art by Louise Udovich
Click here for more information about St. Dymphna.
Click here  for the bulletin articles.
The Resource Manual features 90+ pages of information, perspectives and tools to assist in the ministry with people with mental illness.
The Bilingual DVD (English with Spanish captions) features in depth looks at people with mental illness and how they participate in parish life.
(In Spanish and English). To learn more about the Network's activies, click here .
Most local community mental health agencies are interested in connecting with community groups. Find out how to contact your local agency and ask them to come and share information at a parish staff meeting, general parish meeting or other group. Ask about the best way to help someone find help or to make a referral.
Click here  more information from faith based organizations concerned about mental illness within church communities follow the links below.
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Click here  to go to the NAMI website.
SAMSA is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities. 
Click here  to go to the SAMSA site.