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: Lynn Sill at (858)518-3176 or the Parish Office at (858)487-4314.

Meetings & Events


NORTH COUNTY PARKINSON’S GROUP | Free monthly meetings for people with Parkinson’s and their care partners are held the first Monday of every month at 10:00 a.m. in the Parish Hall at San Rafael.   For additional information please contact Carol at:

TREMBLE CLEFS | Tremble Clefs, the free weekly Parkinson’s Voice Therapy and Singing Group will resume in-person meetings from 10:00 a.m. until 12:00 noon every Wednesday in the Parish Hall at San Rafael.  Tremble Clefs was created over 20 years ago to help people with Parkinson’s with their speech volume, breath control, lung expansion, swallowing and voice intonation.  There is no cost to attend.  People with Parkinson’s and their caregivers are encouraged to join in on the fun.  You don’t have to be able to read music and you don’t have to be able to carry a tune.  Simply attend and enjoy the voice lessons as well as the singing.  Come learn, share and meet the other involved Parkinson’s persons.  If you would like to participate in Tremble Clefs, please call Rick Ankrom at (760) 420-0121.

DEPRESSION/BIPOLAR SUPPORT GROUP | The DBSA (the Depression Bipolar Support Alliance) support group meets the 2nd and 4th Wednesday evenings each month at San Rafael Parish in Meeting Rooms  A & B in our Pastoral Center Building. In-person meetings will resume July 28th.   To find out how to access it, please call Lynn at (858)518-3176.

Mental Health Ministry Committee Meetings:

In-person meetings have not yet resumed.

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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: Then, click on “Find Affiliated Therapists.”  Therapists interested in affiliating with the San Diego Diocesan Mental Health Ministry Network may visit and click on “CLINICIANS CLICK HERE” to register for a free profile.  Once the profile has been acknowledged by (usually within one or two business days) visit to view and accept the diocesan pledge.


Advocacy Groups

Cons. Ctr for Health, Ed. & Adv. (CCHEA) (877)734-3258  is a community organization dedicated to empowering people suffering from substance abuse addiction with tools and resources to start their personal journey toward recovery. We create and publishes comprehensive, unbiased, free web-based resources that have been featured and is referenced by many governmental agencies and organizations across the web.  You can read more about our research here:

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


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

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


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