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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.”


Bishop Conley discusses extended sabbatical for mental health

by CNA Staff  |  03/09/2021  |  ACMHM News

Following a nearly year-long sabbatical to attend to his mental health, Bishop James Conley of Lincoln explained his experience with depression, seeking help, and his return to his duties as a bishop.


Pope Francis says seeing a psychiatrist helped him with anxiety when he was younger

by Courtney Mares, Catholic News Agency  |  03/02/2021  |  ACMHM News

Pope Francis has said that seeing a psychiatrist in Argentina helped him with anxiety when he was a younger priest in an interview published in an Argentine newspaper Saturday.


The Deacon's Mic: When a Deacon's Daughter Dies by Suicide

by Deacon Greg Kanda, The Deacon's Bench  |  01/06/2021  |  ACMHM News

For this new edition of The Deacon’s Mic, I’m honored to talk with Deacon Ed Shoener, from the Diocese of Scranton. Ed created a new and vital ministry five years ago, when he wrote candidly — and movingly — about the suicide of his 29-year-old daughter.