Emotional & Mental Wellness Ministry

What is an Emotional & Mental Wellness Ministry and why is it needed?

Are you facing emotional or mental difficulties? You don’t have to struggle alone. St. Raymond Church and School have made a commitment to become a faith community that provides care and support. Our mission will be to serve individuals and families experiencing mental health challenges by offering God’s hope and love through spiritual accompaniment, practical support, and education.

Spiritual Companionship

Our ministry team is a safe and caring community that embraces those who are suffering and their loved ones. Our care team is available to listen and to pray with those who are going through a difficult time and are in need of encouragement and some extra support.

Practical Support

We have support and resources to help. Our team members are familiar with many public and private mental health support services and resources. We are here to help you find resources needed to face life’s challenges. (Note: Our team members do not provide services that should only be offered by medical, psychological, or social work practitioners.)

Education

Our ministry team will provide emotional and mental wellness educational opportunities for the larger parish community on a regular basis.

Why is our parish involved in a mental health ministry network?

By launching this ministry, we are joining several other parishes in the San Francisco Archdiocese which are part of a state-wide mental health ministry network. There is a high prevalence of mental illness in every faith community. One in five families has a member with a diagnosable mental illness. One in seventeen people live with a persistent or severe mental illness. Often individuals or families turn to their parish community for support and guidance.

To quote Archbishop Cordileone,

“All of our parishes have family members suffering from the challenge of mental illness, and despite modern understanding of mental illness, many suffer additionally from stigma. Christ calls us to attend to all those who suffer, including those suffering from mental illness. My brother bishops and I here in California have launched a mental illness awareness effort, calling attention to the fact that we are all called to provide hope and healing, and that we as a Church must accompany our brothers and sisters in their difficulties. We can help to bear their burdens by offering our understanding, prayers, and tangible resources. No one should be isolated and left alone. We must meet people where they are – in our parishes.

The good news about mental illness is that recovery is possible. We know that Jesus’ ministry was one of hope and of healing; His Church must also offer hope and healing, by using available resources to help those in need. Our parish-based Mental Health Ministry teams will play a key role in this important mission of easing the suffering of those in our parishes.”

How do I contact the ministry?

If you or a loved one is experiencing mental or emotional wellness challenges, please contact our St. Raymond ministry at 650-899-0370—this is a dedicated line and only members of the ministry team will hear your message. You may also email the ministry team co-leads, Dr. Gabrielle Lou and Lori Mirek at emwm@straymondmp.org. You may also contact StarVista’s 24/7 crisis hotline 650-579-0350 which offers a safe and anonymous place for people to explore feelings, concerns, vent frustrations, clarify problems, and get referrals.

[More in-depth versions of this information are available in a San Francisco Archdiocese flier and an excellent whitepaper from the California bishops. Please call the office at 650-323-1755 to receive a copy of the flier and the California bishops’ full letter.]

St. Raymond Emotional & Mental Wellness Ministry Survey

St. Raymond, in partnership with the Archdiocese, has formed a new Mental Health Ministry.  Members of the ministry received training on how to prayerfully walk in companionship with others who are struggling. The Emotional Mental Wellness Ministry is conducting an anonymous survey to help us better understand the needs of our parish community.  The survey will be available both online and as a paper copy.  You need only to complete one. The paper copy of the survey is available at the tables near the church doors.  A box for placing your completed survey will be on the table.  Thank you very much for taking the time to complete this anonymous survey.   Please use the following link to complete the online survey: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5HL7GGK.