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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.

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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".

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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.

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A Catholic Response to the Mental Health Crisis

05/13/2021  |  ACMHM News

Behind the statistics, facts, and figures on our nation’s mental health crisis are human beings—all children of God. How the Church and we, as people of faith, respond can save lives and help get people who are suffering the help they need.

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Clergy education focuses on mental health, suicide prevention

05/05/2021  |  ACMHM News

Priests and deacons of the diocese were invited April 23 to participate in a continuing education course on mental health and suicide awareness.

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How churches can respond to the COVID-19 mental health crisis

by Kate Scanlon  |  05/01/2021  |  ACMHM News

With concerns that suicide rates are rising in communities of color during the pandemic, Catholic mental health workers say the Church can play a key role in response.

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Were some saints mentally ill, or holy, or both?

by Stephen G. Adubato, NCR Online  |  05/01/2021  |  ACMHM News

While in the confessional with a struggling novice in a lay consecrated community, the late Puerto Rican-born physicist, priest and writer Lorenzo Albacete recommended reading St. Teresa of Ávila's autobiography as penance.

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Grant funds help train parish mental health teams to guide others to care

by Amanda Hudson, The Observer News Editor  |  04/28/2021  |  ACMHM News

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford has received a grant to develop mental health ministries in Catholic parishes — a ministry that will be a part of the Catholic Charities’ Counseling program.

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Depression, Lent, and Easter

04/05/2021  |  ACMHM News

I am always relieved when the end of Lent arrives. Not because I found the giving things up part difficult. For the depressed person, giving things up is relatively easy. Neuroscientist Robert Sapolsky, the author of Why Zebras Don’t Get Ulcers, once defined depression as a disorder “whose characteristic manifestation is an inability to appreciate sunsets.”

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