Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.  One in five families has a member with a diagnosable mental illness.

The San Rafael Parish Mental Health Ministry partners with the Diocese of San Diego to offer support for families in the parish that are experiencing mental health challenges.  By interfacing with county, local non-profit, and private mental health providers, Catholic families will be introduced to healing professionals and services able to facilitate their healing journeys.

Prayerfully supported by parish lay leaders, and receiving professional care, families strive for wholeness and an end to the stigma that still endures when mental health is challenged.

For more information contact: Val Benya at  (858)613-9202 or Rebecca Fontaine at (858)832-8741, or the Parish Office at (858)487-4314.

Meetings & Events

 

ALZHEIMER’S SUPPORT GROUP | Attending Support and Discussion Groups can be one of the best sources of support.  They can give someone a safe environment to discuss caregiving experiences, learn strategies for coping and gain emotional support.

San Rafael hosts an ongoing group every 2nd and 4th Tuesdays of the month from 1:00-2:30 p.m. in Meeting Room G of the Pastoral Center.  Groups will range in size from 5 to 10 people.  Every group leader has their own unique style in leading a group.  We encourage you to attend a group at least 2 or 3 times to experience the benefits.  Prior to attending, please call the Support and Discussion Group leader, giving you an opportunity to confirm the meeting, ask the leader questions, and find out if the group may be a good fit.  Our Group Leader will be Arlene Cawthorne, MIC, (858)335-8880. Respite care for your loved one is available on site, provided by trained volunteers, by calling Cheryl Danzl at (858)487-4314, ext. #1227.

For general questions and information contact Rebecca De Campos, MSW (858)966-3303 or rdecampos@alzsd.org. Click here for a printable flyer.

DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP | DBSA, the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance, holds support group meetings here at San Rafael Parish for family and friends of persons with mental health challenges.  The meetings are held in Meeting Room J in the Pastoral Center from 7:00-9:00 p.m. The support group meets on the 2nd and 4th Wednesdays of each month. (Please note: There will be no meeting on July 12th.  We will meet July 26th.)  All are welcome.

Mental Health Ministry Committee Meetings:

There will be no meeting in July or August.  The next meeting will be held Tuesday, September 26, 2017, Meeting Room J, San Rafael Pastoral Center Building, 12:00-1:00 p.m. (Please Note: Meetings are subject to change without notice.  Please contact the ministry facilitator for the most current schedule.)

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Resources

MENTAL HEALTH MINISTRY NETWORK  | Anyone seeking the service of a Licensed Mental Health Professional affiliated with the San Diego Diocesan Mental Health Ministry Network can visit: eTherapyFinder.com/osm. Then, click on “Find Affiliated Therapists.”  Therapists interested in affiliating with the San Diego Diocesan Mental Health Ministry Network may visit eTherapyFinder.com and click on “CLINICIANS CLICK HERE” to register for a free profile.  Once the profile has been acknowledged by eTherapyFinder.com (usually within one or two business days) visit eTherapyFinder.com/osm to view and accept the diocesan pledge.

 

Advocacy Groups

Cons. Ctr for Health, Ed. & Adv. (CCHEA) (877)734-3258

JFS Patient Advocacy Program (800)479-2233

Legal Aid Society of San Diego (877)734-3258

Outpatient Mental Health: CCHEA  (877)734-3258

Crisis Intervention/Information and Referral Services

211 San Diego (24/7) 211

Access & Crisis Line (24/7) (888)724-7240

It’s Up to Us San Diego (24/7) (888)724-7240

Pastoral Center Sexual Abuse Reporting information (858)490-8310

PERT 911

Military

Get Involved | Armed Services YMCA San Diego, CA Branch The Armed Services Y provides free or low-cost youth development, healthy living, and social responsibility programs for junior enlisted military and their families.

Referrals To Diocese approved licensed therapists

Christus Institute Therapy, Charles Farrow, Ph.D. (858)480-1484

Resources by Diagnosis

Schizophrenia.com

San Diego Countywide Services

Health and Human Services Agency (858)694-3900

I-HOT (619)961-2120

IHSS – In-Home Support Services (858)694-3900

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (800)523-5933

RICA: Recovery Innovations (858)274-4650

San Diego County Behavioral Health (858)694-3900

Social

Impacting Young Adults (619)342-7427

Support Group

Alzheimer’s San Diego (858)966-3290

Mental Health Association (619)543-0412

NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (858)485-0703

Next Steps 619-229-2999

Peer to Peer Support, Adult Warm Line (800)930-9276

Peer to Peer Support, Family Warm Line (877)470-5463

Peer to Peer Support, Youth Warm Line (877)450-5463

San Diego Depression & Bipolar Support Alliance
Chula Vista Meetings (619)552-3272 • Escondido Meetings (619)307-5547