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.

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No one is perfect, and neither are these resources.

Catholic Mental Health doesn't unconditionally endorse any of them or their creators. 

But they have something good to give! Let's listen.

Websites and Organizations

Made In His Image

Made In His Image is a Catholic ministry founded and operated by Maura Prezler. They minister to women who are suffering from eating disorders, depression, self-harm, and abuse. 

National Association On Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is one of the largest mental health organizations in the United States. They offer awareness, education, support groups, and helplines. 

Uniquely Catholic

Uniquely Catholic is a ministry providing resources for individuals and parishes about inclusivity for people with physical, intellectual, and developmental disabilities in the Body of Christ.

Catholic In Recovery

Catholic In Recovery is a non-profit organization that serves Catholics experiencing addiction and other unhealthy attachments. Check out their website for more information on meetings, resources, and integrating your Catholic spirituality with your recovery.

Healed By Truth: A Dialogue of Faith Wounds

Carrie Bucalo is an Army wife, mother, artist, and former Carmelite. On Healed by Truth, she shares her story of healing from religious abuse through the love of Christ.

Catholic Psych Institute

The Catholic Psych Institute is based in New York and offers individual and family therapy, child therapy, online therapy, and psychological assessments. 

One Love Foundation

One Love Foundation educates young people on signs of healthy (and unhealthy) romantic relationships in order to prevent manipulative and abusive relationships.

Mental Health First Aid

"Just as CPR helps you assist an individual having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you assist someone experiencing a mental health or substance use-related crisis." (Mental Health First Aid website)

Videos

"Am I Making It All Up?" with Kati Morton, LMFT

Is it all in my head? When it comes to mental health concerns, many people face this question. Licensed therapist Kati Morton helps us answer it.

"Will God Heal My Wounds?" with Fr. Mike Schmitz

Why does it sometimes seem that God doesn't want to heal us? What do my wounds mean about God's love for me? In this video, Fr. Mike Schmitz helps us encounter God in our messy, wounded minds and lives. 

"My Parents' Divorce Still Hurts, with Leila Miller" with Patrick Coffin

Divorce might be common, but it shouldn't be trivialized. If you have experienced emotional wounds from the divorce of your parents, or you know someone who has, then this video can help you understand.

"9 Reasons People Do Not Seek Mental Health Treatment" with LikeKristen

Are you nervous about seeking help for your mental health? Do you have a loved one who won't accept help? This video breaks down some of the most common things that hold us back from seeking the help we need.

"Having Suicidal Thoughts Is Your Brain Lying To You" with MedCircle

MedCircle provides educational videos on mental health and medicine from qualified experts. In this video, find out why suicidal ideation is a your brain lying to you.

"5 Misconceptions about Anxiety" with Kati Morton, LMFT

What's the difference between "normal" anxiety that everyone experiences and an anxiety disorder? What even is an anxiety disorder and how are they treated? If you have questions, this video is a great place to start.

Mental Health Books For Catholics

The Catholic Guide to Depression by Aaron Kheriaty, M.D.

Catholic psychiatrist Dr. Aaron Kheriaty provides answers to questions about depression: What does a diagnosis mean? How do I know if it's a spiritual issue? Can I integrate my Catholic spirituality with my mental healthcare? 

The Catholic Guide to Loneliness by Kevin Vost, Psy.D.

Psychologist Kevin Vost breaks down coping with loneliness for Catholics. From receiving the sacraments to insights from psychology, this books has combines Catholic spirituality and science to provide relevant insights into maintaining mental wellbeing for practicing Catholics.

The Catholic Guide to Mindfulness by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

Author and secular Carmelite Susan Brinkmann analyses whether the Buddhist roots of mindfulness can be compatible with Catholicism. Her thorough research provides both answers and an insightful way forward for faithful Catholics.

It's Okay To Start With You by Julia Marie Hogan, MS, LCPC

Licensed counsellor Julia Marie Hogan addresses the topic of self-care from a Catholic perspective. Is self-care selfish? Is it in-line with the Catholic pursuit of virtue and selflessness? How can self-care help you in your spiritual life? Julia Marie Hogan provides the answers from a Catholic point of view.

My Peace I Give You: Healing Sexual Wounds With the Help of the Saints by Dawn Eden

Dawn Eden shares spiritual and psychological insight from her personal experiences healing from the wounds of sexual abuse and the hope she found in the saints, the liturgy, and more.

Loved As I Am by Miriam James Heidland, SOLT

Sr. Miriam shares her personal journey of healing from abuse, addiction, and sexual assault, and in doing so she charts a path toward hope for anyone who has ever felt unworthy and unloved. 

Catholic Spiritual Reading For Emotional Wellbeing

Becoming Human by Jean Vanier

Community and Growth by Jean Vanier

I Believe In Love by Jean C. J. d'Elbee

Searching For and Maintaining Peace by Fr. Jaques Philippe

He Leadeth Me by Walter J. Ciszek, S.J.

Healing Promises: The Essential Guide to the Sacred Heart by Anne Costa

Mental Health and Psychology

Are u ok? by Kati Morton, LMFT

Are u ok? by licensed therapist Kati Morton is your one-stop guide to mental healthcare. How do I know when I need professional help? What type of professional should I see? Kati Morton is here to demystify the process of seeking help for your mental health.

Daring Greatly by Brené Brown, PhD, LMSW

A treatise on universal human experiences of vulnerability, shame, and courage, Daring Greatly helps us embrace vulnerability in order to overcome shame, find courage, and live boldly.

The Highly Sensitive Person by Elaine N. Aron, PhD

What is a "highly sensitive person"? Is it a weakness or a strength? How do we deal with sensitivity in our everyday lives? Dr. Elaine Aron is here to explain and provide the research to back it up.

Man's Search For Meaning by Viktor E. Frankl

An experienced psychiatrist and victim of Auschwitz, Viktor Frankl shares his professional and personal insight into the human ability to cope, to overcome, and to find meaning in suffering.

The Stranger On the Bridge: My Journey From Despair To Hope by Jonny Benjamin

This personal memoir of schizoaffective disorder, treatment, and recovery is a powerful account of accepting a diagnosis and overcoming circumstances.

The Porn Myth by Matt Fradd

Is pornography addiction a real thing? How does viewing pornography affect your brain? How does it affect the world? Matt Fradd did the research so you don't have to. Find out the truth behind the neurological implications of pornography. 

Documents from the Catholic Church

Hope And Healing

A PASTORAL LETTER FROM THE BISHOPS OF CALIFORNIA ON CARING FOR THOSE WHO SUFFER FROM MENTAL ILLNESS ADDRESSED TO ALL CATHOLICS AND PEOPLE OF GOODWILL (2018)

Papal Address On Depression

ADDRESS OF JOHN PAUL II
TO THE PARTICIPANTS IN THE 18th INTERNATIONAL CONFERENCE
PROMOTED BY THE PONTIFICAL COUNCIL FOR HEALTH
PASTORAL CARE ON THE THEME OF "DEPRESSION" (2003)

Salvifici Doloris

APOSTOLIC LETTER
OF THE SUPREME PONTIFF
JOHN PAUL II
TO THE BISHOPS, TO THE PRIESTS,
TO THE RELIGIOUS FAMILIES
AND TO THE FAITHFUL
OF THE CATHOLIC CHURCH
ON THE CHRISTIAN MEANING
OF HUMAN SUFFERING (1984)

More

St. Dymphna's Playbook

Inside Schizophrenia

Psych Central Podcast

Pray More Novenas

Pray More Novenas is a Catholic ministry that fosters prayer and provides annual healing retreats with payment on a donation-only basis.

Guest House, Inc.

Guest House provides treatment for Catholic clergy, seminarians, and religious for mental health disorders and addiction.

Financial Assistance For Single Mothers

Financial Assistance For Single Mothers is a website dedicated to helping single mothers access grants and government assistance programs. Their service is provided free of cost.

Tuck Sleep

Tuck Sleep is dedicated to improving sleep hygiene. wellness, and mental health through production and circulation of web-based resources.

Saint Luke Institute

Saint Luke Institute provides a variety of mental health treatments for Catholic clergy and religious.

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