Mental Health Resources

A social message on....The Body of Christ and Mental Illness.
Adopted by the Church Council of the Evangelical Lutheran Church in America on November 10, 2011

Pathways to Promise
This website is intended for faith leaders, interested laity, people with Mental Illness and their families, friends, and supporters, plus Mental Health Professionals interested in working with the faith community.

The Center for Faith and Community Health Transformation
Mental illness touches every family, community and house of worship. Find resources here for education, programs, advocacy and services.

Advocate's Congregational Health Partnerships has a Faith and Mental Health Booklet with resources and information for faith leaders on mental health recovery.

Advocate Good Shepherd Hospital's Connections Magazine has an excellent issue on mental health. It is loaded with articles and resources for faith communities.

The Interfaith Mental Health Coalition is a regional group that works with faith communities to reduce stigma, provide support and educate about mental health issues.

NAMI Basics Education Program is a national signature education program for parents and other caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental illness. The course is taught by trained teachers who are the parent or other caregivers of individuals who developed the symptoms of mental illness prior to the age of 13 years. All instruction and course materials are free to class participants. For more information click on the brochure.

PEARLS Program
The Program to Encourage Active, Rewarding Lives (PEARLS) is a national evidence-based program for late-life depression.  PEARLS brings high quality mental health care into community-based settings that reach vulnerable older adults.

Mental Health Toolkit from Mental Health America.  

The Partnership Center at the Department of Health and Human Services has provided an excellent resource list on opioids and addictions for faith communities. Focus on Youth: Download here.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration Helpline

SAMHSA’s National Helpline – 1-800-662-HELP (4357)

SAMHSA’s National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.

Sexual Abuse
Three Articles on sexual abuse. "Leaving Neverland"  in Side by Side Counseling,

Preventing Suicide
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline  1-800-273-8255

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals.

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.