Resources for Faith Based Communities:
Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the Crisis Hotline at (888) 724-7240. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals available 24/7; the call is free and confidential. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital.
- Mental Health Ministries:
This website is dedicated to providing educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in faith communities and to help congregations become caring congregations for persons living with a mental illness and their families. The site includes printer friendly media and print resources that can be adapted to the unique needs of each congregation.
- Jewish Family Service of San Diego:
Phone: (877) 537-1818
Jewish Family Service of San Diego provides comprehensive human care services to people of all ages and faiths. They offer more than 50 programs and services, and are considered "One Source for a Lifetime of Help." Services are available for individuals, youth, couples, families, and groups through short-term problem focused therapy, long-term therapy and mood disorder counseling. Their case management programs are dedicated to providing services critical to the physical, emotional, and spiritual well-being of their clients. Professional case managers work to empower each client to reach a higher level of functioning.
- NAMI FaithNet:
This site provides context and resources for NAMI’s outreach to faith communities, including a training curriculum, newsletter and materials for worship services related to overcoming the stigma of mental illness.
- Faith in Recovery Toolkit:
Based on experiences in starting ten mental health ministries in Catholic, Methodist and Presbyterian faith communities, this toolkit provides guidance to start a ministry in any faith community. Includes a chapter on depression and suicide.
- Sabbaths of Hope: Faith communities responding to depression (Mental Health America of the Heartland):
This kit helps faith communities respond to depression by enabling clergy, seminarians, and other faith leaders to recognize signs and symptoms; offer more effective support to congregants and clergy suffering from depression; provide referral and linkage to treatment options; address stigma, discrimination, and other barriers to treatment; and promote holistic approaches to depression treatment.