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. Read and download here: English | Spanish | Vietnamese
Behavioral Health and the Role of the Church:
“The Church reminds the political community of its duty to recognize and celebrate the divine image of man with actions that support and serve all those who find themselves in a condition of severe mental illness. This is a task which science and faith, medicine and pastoral care, professional skill and a sense of common brotherhood must help to carry out through an investment of adequate human, scientific and socio-economic resources.
Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he ‘always’ has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.”
– Saint John Paul II, Address to the International Conference for Health Care Workers, on Illnesses of the Human Mind, 30 November 1997
NAMI Orange County conducts free educational programs, meetings and support groups throughout the entire county addressing every aspect of mental health. Please take a few minutes to browse through our web site to learn more about our many free programs, educational meetings, support groups and advocacy we provide for those families and clients dealing with the affects of mental illness.
Mental Health Awareness Day
Resources form the Diocese of Orange:
- Catholic Charities of Orange County
- Crisis Text Line
- Diocesan Mental Health Resource Guide for Families and Individuals
- Diocese of Orange Mental Health Awareness
- Each Mind Matters
- Heads Up Guys
- Hope for Mental Health-Saddleback Church
- Mental Illnesses Ministry
- National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities
- National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
- New Hope Crisis Counseling Center
- OC LINKS-Information and Referral Line provides telephone and online support for anyone seeking information or linkage to any of the Health Care Agency’s Behavioral Health Services
- Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families
ALCOHOL AND CHEMICAL DEPENDECY:
AL-ANON • ALATEEN: for families and friends of alcoholics
12391 Lewis Street, Suite 101
Garden Grove, CA 92840
Orange County Central Office
1526 Brookhollow Dr., Suite 75
Santa Ana, CA 92705-5466
S. Orange County Central Office
27281 Las Ramblas, Suite 135
Mission Viejo 92691
AA Spanish District Office
330 N. State College Suite 206
Anaheim, CA 92806
MARIPOSA WOMEN AND FAMILY CENTER
Women’s Outpatient Substance Abuse Program
Adolescent Girl Substance Abuse Program
812 W. Town & Country Road
Orange, CA 92868-4712
MISSION PACIFIC COAST RECOVERY
Inpatient/Outpatient Treatment Program/Rehabilitation/Recovery Programs
31872 Coast Highway
Laguna Beach, CA 92651
NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR CHILDREN OF ALCOHOLICS
NACoA is the national nonprofit 501 (c) 3 membership and affiliate organization working on behalf of children of alcohol and drug dependent parents.
10920 Connecticut Avenue, Suite 100
Kensington, MD 20895
888-55-4COAS or 301-468-0985
NATIONAL CATHOLIC COUNCIL ON ALCOHOLISM AND RELATED DRUG PROBLEMS, INC.
The National Catholic Council on Addictions, affiliated with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, is committed to assisting its members to a greater awareness and acceptance of alcoholism, other chemical addictions and prevention issues.
1601 Joslyn Road
Lake Orion, MI 48630
ORANGE COUNTY COCAINE ANONYMOUS
ST. JOSEPH HOSPITAL
Medically supervised detoxification from alcohol or other chemical dependence
1100 West Stewart Drive
Orange, CA 92868
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We also hope to be a resource that assists clergy in assisting families at the parish level, so that the domestic church truly becomes what it is, the human space in which we encounter Christ.
Founded in 1962, National Center on Sexual Exploitation is the leading national organization opposing pornography by highlighting the links to sex trafficking, violence against women, child abuse, addiction and more. The organization changed its name from Morality In Media to the National Center on Sexual Exploitation early in 2015 to better describe the organization’s scope and mission, which is to expose the seamless connection between all forms of sexual exploitation.
Our Mission: Opposing sexual exploitation. Defending human dignity.
Our Vision: All individuals have a right to be free from the effects of pornography and all other forms of sexual exploitation.
1100 G Street NW #1030
Washington, DC 20005
A professional and science-based Catholic online program designed to help individuals overcome unhealthy sexual behaviors.
Elizabeth Ministry International Headquarters
120 W. 8th Street
Kaukauna, WI 54130
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