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 i2WE.





About Us



Our mission: To serve individuals, families and loved ones in their journey to improve mental ‘I’llness to mental ‘we’llness (‘i 2 WE’) 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 ‘i’llness to mental ‘we’llness (‘i 2 WE’) 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.


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 ‘I 2 WE’ 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 sessions are scheduled to be the first Wednesday of the month from 6:30pm to 8pm. The meeting format is to start with an opening prayer followed by brief introductions. Then, whoever wants to share, can share their story. No one is obligated to share; they can just listen if that is all they would like to do. This would be followed by a break with snacks and refreshment. The last part would be a spiritual reflection from the facilitator and ending with a closing prayer.


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 the month of December with the topic of Substance Abuse. The team will set up the facility and provide food and refreshments.


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 from SOSL, 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 ‘I’llness to Mental ‘We’llness.





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


Additional Mental Health and Social Services Resources Health and Human Services Agency: 1-858-694-3900 https://www.sandiegocounty.gov/hhsa/ IHSS – In-Home


Support Services: 1-800-339-4661 https://www.cdss.ca.gov/in-home-supportive-services


Southern Caregiver Resource Center: 1-800-827-1008 https://www.caregivecenter.org/


NAMI – National Alliance on Mental Illness: 1-800-523-5933 https://www.namisandiego.org/


Recovery International: 1-619-383-2084 https://recoveryinternational.org/


Survivor of Suicide Loss: https://www.soslsd.org/


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


Food Assistance Resources


San Diego Food Bank: https://sandiegofoodbank.org/gethelp/


2-1-1 Food Distribution Sites: https://my211.force.com/s/service-directory?code=BD


Feeding San Diego: https://feedingsandiego.org/get-help


Diaper Distribution http://sandiegofoodbank.org/wp-content/uploads/2020/03/2020-Diaper-Bank-Program-Distribution-List-English-updated-March-21-2020.pdf


Rolling Side Bar: 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





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