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 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.

Contact: Elizabeth Balmert • 858-752-0438 •

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Schedule of Meetings 2022-2023

Meetings are held in the Parish Hall
  • November 18, 2022, 3:00 pm – 10:00 pm, Parish Hall
  • November 19, 2022, 9:00 am – 2:00 pm, Parish Hall
  • No Meetings in 2023. Contact the ministry facilitator for future plans.

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

Resources for Covid-19

  1. The Diocesan Office of Spirituality and Family Life has a list of available therapists at (858) 490-8299 or
  2. The University of San Diego Tele Mental Health Training Clinic provides graduate-level counselor trainees under the supervision of California licensed counselors. Make an appointment at (619) 260-7670 or
  3. The Disaster Distress Line is 1 (800) 985-5990. Crisis assistance is available for those affected by the Coronavirus Pandemic.
  4. Text HOME to 741741 to receive crisis counseling through texting, available anytime anywhere.

If you don’t see what you need, please contact our Ministry at


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
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
It’s Up to Us – Young Adults (888)724-7240
NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness (858)485-0703