Mental Health Ministry

Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning. One in five families has a member with a diagnosable mental illness.

 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Jer 29:11

 The Mental Health Ministry of St. Matthew’s Catholic Church partners with the Archdiocese of San Francisco to offer support for families in the parish that are experiencing mental health challenges.  By interfacing with county, local non-profit, and private mental health providers, Catholic families will be introduced to healing professionals and services able to facilitate their healing journeys.

Prayerfully supported by parish lay leaders, and receiving professional care, families strive for wholeness and an end to the stigma that still endures when mental health is challenged.

Contact: 650.344.7622  

 

 SCHEDULE OF MEETINGS 2019-2021

 Ending the Stigma Associated with Mental Illness

 A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California on Caring for

Those Who Suffer from Mental Illness

 ENGLISH        SPANISH         VIETNAMESE

 Spiritual Resources to Meet the Pandemic Challenge

Msgr. John Talesfore reports on the Mental Health Ministry pilot programs at St. Matthew's in San Mateo and Our Lady of Angels in Burlingame. May is Mental Health Awareness Month, and these programs, he says, provide meaningful outreach. "It can be so simple amid stress and fear":

ARTICLE:   PARISH MINISTRY: TRAINED VOLUNTEERS WHO LISTEN AND CARE

The coronavirus and the global spread of COVID-19 disease have had an unprecedented effect on all our lives, and the stress and anxiety can take a toll on health both physical and mental:

ARTICLE:   "HOW PRAYER CAN HELP DEFEAT ANXIETY"

RESOURCES 

Advocacy Groups

Crisis Intervention/Information and Referral Services

CRISIS PREGNANCY

Referrals To Diocese approved licensed therapists

SynergyE-Therapy Finder

catholictherapists.com

Low cost therapy 650-961-9300

Resources by Diagnosis

Support Groups