Mental Illness Definitions and Resources


Defining Mental Disorders

a comprehensive list of mental illnesses and their symptoms:

General Resources

The Grace Alliance:

Catholics with Depression support group:

Mental Health Ministries:

National Catholic Partnership on Disability:

Mental Illness Ministries (a model Catholic archdiocesan program):

National Alliance on Mental Illness (faith based one):

Help Guide (Anxiety, Child and Adolescent, PTSD, etc):

Postpartum Help:

Catholic Therapist Finder:

American Association of (non-Catholic) Christian Counselors:

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has online resources such as past webinars, upcoming events, and organization links.

The Archdiocese of Chicago’s Mental Illness Ministries has links to online resources and a downloadable “Mental Illness and Parish Outreach” booklet.

Pathways to Promise is an interfaith organization that acts as a resource center for faith communities regarding mental illness.

The National Alliance on Mental Illness’s FaithNet lists consumer and family support groups across the country.

Faith in Recovery is a nondenominational faith organization started by a Catholic nun to encourage small mental illness support communities. The site includes a downloadable toolkit.

The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration has resources for Faith-based and Community Initiatives.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine promotes drug abuse prevention and treatment. raises awareness on the dangers of addiction and helps local communities stay drug-free. an open access web guide about drugs, alcohol, addiction, and recovery; speficially opioids. Mesothelioma & Depression – We focus on informing communities about alcohol abuse, mental illnesses, and the various types of treatment programs available. – a Christ-centered mental health ministry.

FOR MILITARY – Groundbreaking Trauma Healing Courses

(800) 273-8255 – Suicide Lifeline

Combat Trauma Healing Manual – self-study workbook for veterans

When War Comes Home – self-study workbook for spouses

Stop Soldier Suicide – resource connection 

Marriage Dynamics Institute – marriage healing

Love Reboot – marriage healing workshop

Mighty Oaks Retreat – spiritual healing retreat

Guardians for Heroes – exercise equipment/gym memberships

Team Red White and Blue – community recreation 

Hope For The Warriors – health and wellness for veterans and caregivers

Give An Hour – free mental health services

Wounded Warrior Project Retreat – outdoor retreat

Warrior’s Journey – faith-based resources

Hidden Heroes – caregiver support services

Psycharmor – family/caregiver support services

DoD Caregiver Resource Directory

New Rosie – family/caregiver practical videos


(800) 273-8255 – Suicide Lifeline

(888) 731-FIRE – Fire/EMS Helpline

(615) 373-8000 – Safe Call Now Crisis Line – First responders – such as firefighters, police officers, and EMTs – experience much higher levels of stress and trauma in their workplace than a vast majority of the population. This can lead to a variety of mental health issues including drug and alcohol abuse. We’ve created a resource page for these individuals 

Next Rung – peer support and licensed counseling

Institute for Responder Wellness – resource provider

Marriage Dynamics Institute – marriage healing

Love Reboot – marriage healing workshop

247 Commitment – marriage healing

Share the Load – mental health resources

American Addiction Centers – addiction treatment 

IAFF Recovery Center – addiction treatment

Rosecrance Florian Program – addiction treatment

2 thoughts on “Mental Illness Definitions and Resources

  • Thanks so much for putting this voice out in the wilderness! You have so many great resources. I also wanted to let you know about a new association of Catholics who are working to get mental health ministry in every parish. The Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers. We are a small group right now, but we are getting ready to launch and grow soon. The Holy Spirit is at work. Margery from

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