Diocese of Virginia Mental Health Committee

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                          Dear Brothers and Sisters

Thank you for visiting this website, devoted to providing resources to clergy, lay leadership and mental health professionals. The committee, through its research, knows that there is a desperate need for relevant information to parishes about dysfunctional mental health. Clergy need to make informed referrals. Parishioners need to know how to include persons with mental health issues in the life of the Church by reducing stigma.

Here you will find resources to educate yourselves and parishes about mental health issues. You will find resources of the State of Virginia for mental health counselors. Educational material for persons with mental health issues is referenced and much can be downloaded. Through this website you can plan adult educational programs, establish a mental health section to your library and find references for many mental health issues such as domestic violence, bullying, and community mental health emergencies. 

You use of this website is encouraged. If we and the Committee need to add or modify any of its content, your advice is valued. We would also welcome your assistance on the Committee.

In Christ,

Marleen McCabe, Ph.D., Co-Chair:  Paul Ackerman, Ph.D., Co-Chair

As members of the Body of Christ, we seek to live out the reconciling love of Jesus by offering educational programs and resources so that Churches may become welcoming and nurturing to all people through active and compassionate understanding and acceptance of varying degrees of mental health.

Lord Jesus Christ, you ministered to all who came to you.  Look with compassion upon all who have lost their health and freedom through mental dysfunction.  Restore to them the assurance of your unfailing mercy.  Remove the anxiety and loneliness that besets them.  Strengthen them as they seek balance and continuity.  For those who care about making God’s worship available to all, including those with mental dysfunction, give them patient understanding, courage to act with compassion and persevering love.  All this we ask for your mercy’s sake.  Amen.   

Mental Health Emergency
If you, a parishioner, or loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.