Mental Health Ministries

Faith Group Resources

Denominational Publications
Anabaptist Disabilities Network – Mental Health Resources for Congregations

(PDF, English | @ Anabaptist Disabilities Network)Mental Health Resource for Congregations

To encourage greater mental health awareness, Anabaptist Disabilities Network (ADN) has created a new Mental Health Resource for Congregations.  This resource will help congregations and others consider what we can do to nurture mental health and to care for those who experience mental illness so that we all may flourish. 

Presbyterian Church USA – Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community

Wounds of WarThe Presbyterians for Disability Concerns Network (PDC) has a resource packet, The Wounds of War: The Church as a Healing Community, available on the PCUSA website and on the Mental Health Ministries website.

Presbyterian Church USA – Comfort My People

Comfort My People is a new resource on mental illness just released by The Presbyterian Church USA. You can download this resource or purchase copies through the Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS). Additional Copies are available at $4.00 each from the Presbyterian Distribution Service (PDS), 100 Witherspoon Street, Louisville, KY 40202-1396, or by calling 1-800-524-2612. The PDS order number is #02-052-09-003

Church of the Brethren – Wellness Study Guide

The Church of the Brethren has a very helpful wellness guide available as a free downloadable resource. While it addresses whole person wellness and not just mental health, much of what is presented certainly relates to mental health. You can download this resource by visiting the Church of the Brethren Health and Disabilities website at

Jewish Reform – Caring for the Soul: R'fuat HaNefesh – A Mental Health Resource & Study Guide

This study guide, written by Rabbi Richard F. Address, was created in response to the need to raise awareness of and reduce the stigma within congregations regarding individuals and families who are dealing with mental health issues. These issues reside within every congregation of every denomination. Part of creating a caring and supportive congregation is the need to break down barriers of shame and fear that often are associated with mental health issues. This 136-page study guide should be used by lay and professional leadership within congregations to create a variety of educational programs. It includes a selection of relevant sacred texts, traditional and modern readings for use in services and support groups, sample sermons, services and programs, background information on mental illnesses, related Reform response and UAHC resolutions, and other resources for congregations and individuals.

Union of American Hebrew Congregations (Reform), Department of Jewish Family Concerns, 633 3rd Ave., 7th Floor, New York, NY 10017; (212) 650-4296; Congregational manual available in 2003.

Unitarian Universalist – Mental Health Ministry

The Caring Congregation Program is a congregational program of seven workshops focused on welcoming and supporting people with mental disorders and their families into our congregations. An eighth workshop trains leaders to be teachers of the curriculum. The Caring Congregation Handbook and Training Manual, Barbara Meyers, Will To Print Press, 2005. Mental Health Information for Ministers is a document written by Barbara Meyers for ministers to help in their interactions with parishioners with mental health challenges. Resources available at

Catholic Church – Welcome and Valued

The following resources can be downloaded in a PDF format at

For other resources and the DVD, Welcomed and Valued, visit

For list of Models of Ministry to People with Mental Illness and Their Families from Deacon Tom Lambert, Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago – Commission on Mental Illness, click here.

The Basics: How One Church Started and Grew a Mental Health Ministry...and Voted to Become a WISE Congregation for Mental Health

The Basics: How one church started and grew a mental health ministry(PDF, English)

By Robin Kempster, Parish Nurse, First Church Berkeley, CA
United Church of Christ

Starting and growing our church’s Mental Health Ministry has been, and continues to be, an effort by many lay church members and by clergy. Our ministry has been enriched by each person who has been involved, and I am grateful to everyone.

Mental Illness and Justice Issues

Mental Illness and Justice Issues(PDF, English)

By Deacon Tom Lambert with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago

Mental Illness and Justice Issues is a document written by Deacon Tom Lambert with the Catholic Archdiocese of Chicago, Commission on Mental Illness. It gives helpful background information and statistics about mental illness as well as addressing important social justice issues including homelessness, prison, access to mental healthcare and employment. Written from a Catholic perspective it also provides helpful information on the role of the church in justice for people with mental illness and their families.

Christian Reformed Church – Let's Talk! Breaking the Silence Around Mental Illness in our Communities of Faith

Download Let's Talk Study Guide by clicking here.

Download Let's Talk Leader's Guide by clicking here.

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Bay Area Jewish Healing Center– Give Me Your Hand: A Guide to Mental Illness for Jewish Clergy

Give Me Your Hand By the Bay Area Jewish Healing Center

(PDF, English | @ Bay Area Jewish Healing Center)

The Bay Area Jewish Healing Center (near San Francisco, CA) has put together a 13 page Guidebook on the role of Jewish Clergy in the spiritual care of people living with mental illness.

For more resources on ministry to people with mental illness, go to the Faith and Hope website at

The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship–Resources to Help Those Affected by Trauma

By the United Methodist General Board of Discipleship

The United Methodist General Board of Discipleship has created a list of resources to help those affected cope with the bombings. Resources include articles on how to deal with trauma, hymns and songs in response to terrorism, music for an offertory prayer song and appropriate calls to worship. You can find the resources on their website.