The Bishops of California have issued a pastoral letter on caring for those who suffer from mental illness – Hope and Healing.
“As pastors and bishops, we understand that mental health is a critical component of wellbeing. Therefore, ministering to those who suffer from mental illness is an essential part of the pastoral care of the Church. This letter represents a statement by Catholic pastors, in consultation with those who suffer from mental illness, their families and loved ones, health care practitioners, and other caregivers. We acknowledge and thank our collaborators—patients, families, mental health professionals, and pastoral care workers—who assisted with this statement.”
Our SAM Mental Health Committee will be gathering soon to discuss this pastoral letter and how we can implement in our parish community. Lucky are interested I bring part of this discussion please contact Rich Berryessa (put is contact info in the bulletin)
For more information, go to http://www.cacatholic.org/hope_and_healing