Are you or a loved one experiencing mental health challenges? We are here for all people seeking a compassionate ear, prayer companionship and information about additional resources. Contact the confidential ‘i2WE’ email to receive a call back from one of the ministry leaders. Click the contact button above to get more information about 'i2WE'





About Us



Our mission: To serve individuals, families and loved ones in their journey to improve mental Illness to mental wellness (‘i2WE’) with faith and science.


Who we are: The ministry is comprised of a team of volunteers whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Our volunteers are trained and collaborate with the Catholic Diocese of San Diego to listen, pray, and provide mental health resources to individuals and families of the parish and community. Our parish Mental Health Ministry is not intended to replace professional or clinical services and does not provide professional care. Our volunteers are trained in appropriate procedures to maintain the privacy of those with whom they relate.


• Our purpose is not to counsel or solve issues, but to

• reduce the stigma and shame of mental illness by talking about mental illness,

by sharing our stories

• build a more compassionate parish by providing

educational sessions on mental illness and its impact on the individual, the

family and loved ones

• help individuals living with mental illness and their families by being kind,

compassionate, loving, listening and praying with and for them

• be readily available, easy to be reached •

• Provide a safe environment where anyone in and out of our parish can find us and be able to talk with us.

• provide resources as needed or requested to help reduce isolation

End Goal: To help/assist in the improvement of mental ‘illness to mental ‘wellness (‘i2WE’) with faith and science


• Reduce the stigma: 1 in 5 individuals will face a behavioral/emotional concern that may require intervention. The brain is part of the body, like the heart, and when it becomes ill, it may require medical attention, medication and prayer to achieve mental wellness.


• Patron saint: St. Dymphna is the patron saint of mental illness. Her feast day is on May 15.


NEW 8-WEEK SEMINAR

Would you value joining others in a conversation about mental health? Would you like to discover what God, Scripture, and Church have to say in light of the experiences of mental health challenges? Sign up for The Sanctuary Course for Catholics. The subject matter feels particularly relevant in these times of heightened anxiety, and the course creates an opportunity to connect with and support each other in meaningful ways.

ABOUT THE COURSE

The Sanctuary Course for Catholics is an eight-part course for small groups designed to raise awareness and start conversations in local parishes regarding mental health. It was created in collaboration with Catholic mental health professionals, theologians, and clergy, and offers faith communities the opportunity to learn about mental health and grow in their ability to support members living with mental health challenges. Topics covered include: mental health and mental illness, stigma, recovery, companionship, self-care, and community. The sessions are accompanied by compelling films that feature the stories of Catholics living with mental health challenges, along with the insights of archbishops, theologians, and psychologists. Participants do not need to attend all 8 courses but can join in anytime.


Watch the trailer here


When? Thursdays from 6:30pm to 8:00pm on the following dates:

Mar 3rd Session 1 Introduction

Mar 10th Session 2 Mental Health

Mar 17th Session 3 Mental Illness

Mar 24th Session 4 Stigma

Mar 31st Session 5 Recovery

Apr 7th Session 6 Companionship

Apr 21st Session 7 Self-Care

Apr 28th Session 8 The Church


RSVP here Email us HERE



SUPPORT

Individual Support Sessions:

Meetings are set up on an as needed basis. The parishioner may contact the team via website or phone, and a meeting time coordinated, if at all possible, within 3 days of the initial contact. We meet with a parishioner in a team of 2 or 3, the Greeter, the Researcher and the Prayer, although one person may execute more than one of these roles. Information shared with the parishioner’s team is not discussed with rest of ‘I2WE’ team. It is important to maintain confidentiality.

The meeting format is to start with an opening prayer, listen to the parishioner, recommend resources or referrals, followed by a closing prayer. The Greeter would set up a follow-up meeting as needed after the parishioner has followed-up with the resource/referral.


Group Support Sessions:

Group Support Sessions are scheduled to be on the second Wednesday of the month at the Church Hall from 6:30pm to 8pm, except for December 2021. In December the Group Support Session will be held on Tuesday, December 14th at the Church Hall from 6:30pm to 8pm.


Monthly Diocese Meeting:

The Diocese of San Diego is conducting monthly meetings at various parishes starting on September 2021. Each month will cover a Mental Health topic and all parishioners from the county of San Diego are welcomed to attend. Information about these meeting will be made available in the bulletin and in ‘i2WE’ website.


St. Charles Borromeo is hosting the meeting on December 11th at the Parish Hall from 10:00am to Noon with the topic of Substance Abuse. The team will set up the facility and provide food and refreshments. The guest speaker is Scott Weeman, author of 'The Twelve Steps and The Sacraments' and founder and director of Catholic in Recovery.


Outreach Events:

From time to time, there may be events that the parish may be able to provide the resource table with mental health ministers. These events may include 5k runs, mental health activities, etc.

The goal of this activity is to let individuals outside the Church know the Church is here to support them, even with Mental Illness, that they are not alone, reduce the stigma and that it is all about improving Mental Illness to Mental Wellness, "i2WE".





FAQs

What can we do to maintain a healthy mind? Allow time for proper nutrition, rest, exercise, laughter, social activities, hobbies, spiritual support and plan ahead.


How does one determine when to seek help for themselves or a family member? When situations become overwhelming and engulf a person’s day-to-day life, interfere with their ability to work, study, eat, sleep and socialize.


What happens when someone contacts the Mental Health Ministry via email? Confidential meeting is setup with a couple of ministry members to listen/pray/respond/share resources. Though we recommend to have these meetings to be in person, you may request a zoom meeting instead.


Volunteer Opportunities

Have you or a loved one had your life affected by any form of mental illness, anxiety, depression, addiction, eating disorder, port-partum depression, bipolar disorder, suicide, dementia? Please join our new ministry to help support those going through mental illness. Contact us at i2WE@saintcharlespl.com


RESOURCES

Additional Mental Health and Social Services Resources Health and Human Services Agency: 1-858-694-3900 WEBSITE


Support Services: 1-800-339-4661 WEBSITE


Southern Caregiver Resource Center: 1-800-827-1008 WEBSITE


NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-523-5933 WEBSITE


Recovery International: 1-619-383-2084 WEBSITE


Survivor of Suicide Loss: WEBSITE


National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text LOVEIS to 22522


Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255


Mental Health of America: 1-619-543-0412 WEBSITE


Catholic in Recovery: WEBSITE


Food Assistance Resources


San Diego Food Bank: WEBSITE


2-1-1 Food Distribution Sites: WEBSITE


Feeding San Diego: WEBSITE


Diaper Distribution: WEBSITE





For mental health emergency, dial 911 and request the Psychiatric Emergency Response Team (PERT) or go to your nearest emergency room.





San Diego Access and Crisis Line: 1-888-724-7240 (24/7 suicide and intervention hotline)

National Crisis Line: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

It’s Up to Us San Diego: 1-888-724-7240