Emergency Assistance

  • Suicide and Crisis Hotline (24/7, toll-free): 988
  • Domestic Violence Hotline: 210-733-8810
  • Youth Hotline: 210-340-8090
  • Veterans Crisis Line: 800-273-8255 or text 838255
  • NAMI San Antonio Warmline (M-F 9 AM-5 PM CT): 210-734-3349
  • NAMI Helpline (M-F 9 AM-9 PM CT): 800-950-6264

Mental Health Care

“Whoever suffers from mental illness ‘always’ bears God’s image and likeness in himself, as does every human being. In addition, he ‘always’ has the inalienable right not only to be considered as an image of God and therefore as a person, but also to be treated as such.” – St. John Paul II, Address to the International Conference for Health Care Workers, on Illnesses of the Human Mind, 30 November 1997

Catholic Mental Health Ministry Resources

“Caring for others is not just a skilled job, but a real mission, which is fully realised when scientific knowledge meets the fullness of humanity and is translated into the tenderness that knows how to approach and take others to heart.” — Message of the Holy Father to the participants in the second National Conference for Mental Health (Rome, 25-26 June 2021)

Learn More About Mental Health Ministry

“The role of those who care for depressed persons and who do not have a specifically therapeutic task consists above all in helping them to rediscover their self-esteem, confidence in their own abilities, interest in the future, the desire to live.  It is therefore important to stretch out a hand to the sick, to make them perceive the tenderness of God, to integrate them into a community of faith and life in which they can feel accepted, understood, supported, respected; in a word, in which they can love and be loved.”—St. John Paul II, Address to the Participants in the 18th International Conference Promoted by the Pontifical Council for Health and Pastoral Care on the Theme of “Depression,” 14 November 2003.

If you are interested in starting a parish mental health ministry, please contact Lauren Stadelman, Pastoral Care Director, at [email protected] or 210-734-1632.

Questions or Comments?

Lauren Stadelman
Director for Pastoral Care & Hospital Ministry