Catholic Mental Health

A Nonprofit Embracing Mental Health As Part of Our Christian Mission.

A Nonprofit Embracing Mental Health As Part of Our Christian Mission.

A Nonprofit Embracing Mental Health As Part of Our Christian Mission.A Nonprofit Embracing Mental Health As Part of Our Christian Mission.A Nonprofit Embracing Mental Health As Part of Our Christian Mission.

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Intersectionality

Chronic Illness and Disability

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Experiencing chronic illness or disability can profoundly affect mental health. Hear from people who have been there.

  • In this interview, Molly Burke shares her experience of coping with losing her vision permanently and her mental health.
  • In this collaborative video, Jessica Kellgren-Fozard and Chloe Wilkinson share life with ME/CFS, as well as the difficulties of living with a co-morbid mental health condition.
  • Disabled But Not Really provides support and empowerment to people with physical disabilities with programs that focus on fitness, wellness, and mental health.
  • The Mighty provides community for people with all types of disabilities and chronic health conditions.
  • Inclusive Therapists helps connect people of marginalized groups with competent therapists who understand them.
  • God's Wildflowers: Saints With Disabilities by Pia Matthews sheds light on the stories of heroic Christian saints who lived with a wide variety of physical and mental disabilities. For anyone who struggles to find themselves in the stories of the Church, this is essential reading.

Catholic Concerns

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Here we post original resources by Catholic Mental Health.


LGBTQ+

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There are high rates of overlap between those who experience same-sex attraction, gender discordance, and/or identify as LGBT+ and those who experience mental health problems. 

  • 48% of transgender adults have considered suicide in the last year.
  • Lesbian, gay, and bisexual adults are twice as likely as their heterosexual peers to experience a mental health condition.
  • High school students who identify as gay, lesbian, or bisexual are 5 times as likely as their peers to attempt suicide.
  • LGBT+ youth make up 7% of the general youth population but 40% of the homeless youth population.

Below are some resources on sexuality, gender, and coping with mental health challenges.

Race and Ethnic Background

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We live in a fallen world where race can affect one's ability to get access to mental health assessments and treatment. Hear from people who have been there.

  • African Americans and Hispanic Americans receive mental health treatment at only half the rate of Caucasian Americans and Asian Americans. 
  • 15% of the Hispanic and Latinx communities in the United States have had a diagnosable mental illness in the past year.
  • The American Psychiatric Association found that (1) 36% of Hispanics with depression received care, versus 60% of whites; and (2) bilingual patients are evaluated differently when evaluated in English versus Spanish, and Hispanics are more frequently under-treated than are whites.

Below are some resources.

Clergy and Consecrated

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Clergy, religious, and consecrated people in the Church can have experiences of stigma in seeking mental health advice that is unique to their state in life. 

Men's Mental Health

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Men are significantly less likely than women to seek mental health treatment. Hear from men who live with mental health conditions.

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