A Healing Presence In Our Parishes

Accompanying People Who Experience Mental Illness


Our Mission

We support Catholic parishes and dioceses in establishing mental health ministries. Mental health ministries provide vital spiritual accompaniment for people experiencing mental illness, as well as those who care for them.


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Mental Health Ministry Grant Funding Now Open

We are now accepting applications for the 2022 round of seed grants to create or expand mental health ministries within parishes, deaneries, or diocese. Over the past three years the ACMHM provided over $500,000 in funding for ministries across the country.

During this time of COVID-19 the need for mental health ministries in the Church is becoming acutely apparent.

Auxiliary Bishop John Dolan of the Diocese of San Diego and Chaplain for ACMHM, said, “This is a wonderful opportunity to build up this important ministry in the Church. Pope Francis’s call to accompaniment can never be more on point than when dealing with the reality of mental illness and mental health challenges.”

Learn about the grant application guidelines and submit a preliminary application.


The Sanctuary Course for Catholics

Compelling films that that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists.


Mental Health Ministry and the Diaconate: Christ Heals Our Wounds

The Role of the Church for the Mental Health Community, Bishop Kevin W. Vann, JCD, DD

What a Mental Health Ministry Team Can Do in a Parish, Father Anthony Saroki, Our Lady of Mount Carmel Parish, Diocese of San Diego

Upcoming Events

Save the Date: Mental Health Ministry Conference

Add Fri, Feb 25 - Sat, Feb 26

in San Francisco, CA

Building a Culture of Community - Equipping Leaders for Mental Health Ministry

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We provide free prayer cards in both English and Spanish for use in your ministry!



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We entrust our mission to Our Lady. Our Lady of Lourdes is a special patroness for healing. May Our Lady guide us so that those who live with a mental illness will know that they are surrounded by her and her Son’s healing presence and remember that they are never alone.