Message from Card. P. Turkson for World Mental Health Day, Prefect of the Dicastery for Integral Human Development

10/25/2021  |  ACMHM News

World Mental Health Day is celebrated on 10 October. This year's theme is Mental Health in an Unequal World, and aims to draw attention to the inequalities that exist in the treatment and care of people with mental illness.


Stress and suicide high among those in the farming industry

by Marc and Julie Anderson, The Leaven, Archdiocese of Kansas City  |  10/17/2021  |  ACMHM News

Called “ag stress,” it refers to pressures felt by farmers or those within the agricultural industry. It can lead to depression, despair and even suicide.


Grants Available to Support Catholic Mental Health Ministries

10/13/2021  |  ACMHM News

The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers (ACMHM) announces the availability of their next round of seed grants to start or grow mental health ministries in Catholic parishes, dioceses, and deaneries. Preliminary applications are due October 29, 2021, and grant awards will be announced December 31, 2021.


World Mental Health Day

10/10/2021  |  ACMHM News

Prayer of Pope Francis on World Mental Health Day: I would like, to remember our brothers and sisters affected by mental disorders and also the victims, often young, of suicide. Let us pray for them and for their families, so that they are not left alone or discriminated against, but welcomed and supported.


Responding to Suicide Named ACP 2021 Resource of the Year

by Therese Brown  |  08/18/2021  |  ACMHM News

Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders authored by Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and edited by Deacon Ed Shoener and Most Rev. John P. Dolan from Ave Maria Press is the Association of Catholic Publishers’ 2021 “Resource of the Year.”


Houses of worship offering mental health support

by Scripps National News  |  07/30/2021  |  ACMHM News

Faith communities are connecting with families dealing with mental health issues on multiple fronts.


The Religious Leaders on the Front Lines of Mental Health

07/22/2021  |  ACMHM News

by Clare Ansberry, Wall Street Journal, July 22, 2021

Priests, pastors, rabbis, imams and deacons have witnessed waves of anxiety, depression, fear and grief. People who never sought help before reached out needing more than spiritual support and pastoral care. In response, some churches created mental-health ministries, hired clinical social workers and held town halls staffed by professionals.


Destigmatize mental illness says pope

06/25/2021  |  ACMHM News

Pope Francis has said that it is necessary to destigmatize mental illness. In a message to participants at a conference on mental health organized by the Italian health ministry, Francis said it was necessary to take action to "fully overcome the stigma that mental illness is often tainted with".


Survey: Religiosity seems to be 'buffer' against some pandemic stresses

by Kurt Jensen, Catholic News Service  |  06/02/2021  |  ACMHM News

The COVID-19 pandemic took a toll on participation in religious services just as it did on workplaces, but a new survey indicates strong emotional resilience from those who consider their faith vital to their existence.