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

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.


Contact: Elizabeth Balmert • 858-752-0438 •

Mental Health Awareness Mass

May is Mental Health Awareness Month. Our Mental Health Awareness Mass is part of our efforts to bring greater awareness, understanding, and compassion towards those affected by various forms of mental illness. May our parishes continue being places where individuals and families can be accompanied, find spiritual solace, and get connected with additional sources of support in the wider community.

Questions? Contact John Prust |  (858) 490-8256


  • May 25, 2024, 5:00 pm
  • St. Michael’s Parish
    2643 Homedale Street, San Diego, 92139
    (858) 490-8256


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Schedule of Meetings 2023-2024

Meetings are held in the Nursery/Conference Room
  • Wednesday, September 20, 2023, 7:00 pm

***Meetings are subject to change without notice. Please contact the ministry facilitator for the most current schedule.


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
Pastoral Center Sexual Abuse Reporting Information (858)490-8310
PERT 911
Homeless Outreach Team 619-446-1010

Diocesan Mental Health Resources

San Diego Diocese Mental Health Ministry Resource List
Therapist network list: Contact John Prust, M.Div. Director, (858) 490-8256

San Diego Countywide Services

Health and Human Services Agency (858)694-3900
Telecare (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 Media Resources

Hallow App (Mental Health topics and prayers for Catholics) (“Sanctuary” series on Mental Health)
Ave Maria Press – (“Ave Explorers podcast about Stress, Anxiety and Mental Health” Season 2: episodes 1-6)

Support Groups

Alzheimer’s San Diego (858)966-3290
Armed Services San Diego (858)751-5755
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
Recovery International Support Group (858) 668-8211

Youth-Oriented Support Groups – Higher Education Advisor
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (858)485-0703