“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.”
– Blessed John Paul II, Address to the International Conference for Health Care Workers, on Illnesses of the Human Mind, 30 November 1997
The Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, Saddleback Church and NAMI-OC have begun an intitiative on Mental Health and the Church.
All of the videos and audio from the Mental Health and the Church programs are now available online here.
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.
October 10, 2015 was Mental Health Awareness Day
Resources form the Diocese of Orange:
- National Catholic Partnership on Disabilities
- Welcomed and Valued: Building Faith Communities of Support and Hope with People with Mental Illness and Their Families
- Catholic Charities of Orange County
- New Hope Crisis Counseling Center