Mental health resources promoting healing congregations
If you need one-on-one assistance or are having thoughts of harm to yourself, these resources are always available to you.
NAMI Chicago Helpline: 833-NAMI-CHI
NAMI Greater Milwaukee Helpline: 414-257-7222
(Illinois) Free Emotional Support line: text “talk” to 552020, and a counselor from a local community mental health center will call you within 24 hours. This is not a crisis line rather a safe place where people can share their anxiety and stress. You can also receive other helpful resources by texting the number with key words like unemployment, food, or shelter.
Mental Health Organizations
AFSP is dedicated to saving lives and bringing hope to those affected by suicide. AFSP creates a culture that’s smart about mental health by engaging in the following core strategies:
Funding scientific research
Educating the public about mental health and suicide prevention
Advocating for public policies in mental health and suicide prevention
Supporting survivors of suicide loss and those affected by suicide in our mission. Learn more.
They also support a great program called Faith and Fellowship, a faith-sharing program that enables parishes to effectively provide spiritual and social support for adults with mental illness. Faith and Fellowship groups consist of 10 to 15 adults including approximately equal numbers of persons with a mental illness and volunteers from local churches. They meet semi-weekly as partners in prayer and socialization. The meetings feature:
A time for prayer
A time for quietly shared activities
A time for a reflection on the meeting theme (Symbol, Life experience, Scripture, Music)
A time for Agape
For more information contact Connie Rakitan at 708-383-9276. The Commission and Faith and Fellowship are part of a larger group of Catholic ministries called Mental Illness Ministries. Learn more.
“Grace Groups,” small groups for families, peers and students living with mental health challenges,
“Thrive,” an in-depth step-by-step process for mental health recovery and wellness. Thrive offers a whole-health approach to building personal resilience, reducing stress and renewing life, and
free resources, including mental health guide e-books (for families and peers), live webinars, blogs, and more. Learn more.
Khalil Center offers an array of services:
counseling and therapy services, psychiatric services, psychological and cognitive assessments, pre-marital coaching, a crisis helpline and more.
educational opportunities: online courses, seminars and workshops, support groups, and research.
training opportunities: internships, externships, Muslim Mental Health Training, teacher training series, Traditional Islamically Integrated Psychotherapy and workshops.
To learn more about Khalil Center demographics, clinical data, progress and more, click here.
• a warm, nurturing network of other survivors.
• education about the grieving process.
• support to help survivors regain hope and strength.
Video: Suicide: Suicide: Healing After the Death of a Loved One
Brochure: Suicide: How Faith Communities Can Provide Hope and Promote Healing
For more information, contact Susan Gregg-Schroeder at Mental Health Ministries at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit their website at www.mentalhealthministries.net.
They also have resources for congregations on mental illness–brochures, worship resources, bulletin inserts, study guides and tool kits, and videos. See their Study Guides in English and Spanish below, but go to their website for many more resources.
Mental Illness Study Guide
La Enfermedad Mental y las Familias de Fe.
Clear, easy to understand information on mental illness
Peer support and education
Resources for fighting stigma
You can also find local groups and chapters for your area.
One of the most important strategies for reducing shame and stigma around mental health is just talking about it. SAMHSA offers a suite of tools and resources for setting up community conversations about mental health.
Community Conversations About Mental Health: Discussion Guide A guide for holding a successful and productive conversation.
Information Brief.. Background information about mental health issues, treatment and support.
Planning Guide.. Ideas for ways to facilitate discussions and ideas for taking next steps.
Suicide Prevention Competencies for Faith Leaders: Supporting Life Before, During, and After a Suicidal Crisis. Supported by SAMHSA, this new resource aims to help equip leaders of all faiths with the capabilities needed to prevent suicide and provide care and comfort for those affected by suicide. Learn more.