The United States Catholic Conference of Bishops (USCCB) has announced the launch of a National Catholic Mental Health Campaign beginning Oct. 10, which is World Mental Health Day. The campaign aims to inspire a national conversation around the topic of mental health and to mobilize the Catholic Church to respond compassionately and effectively to the mental health crisis.
The campaign will begin on World Mental Health Day, October 10, and seeks to raise awareness of the many facets of mental health, combat stigma, and advance wise and effective public policy. A Novena, a traditional nine-day Catholic prayer, marks the launch of the campaign, along with a statement introducing the initiative from Archbishop Gudziak and Bishop Barron. The campaign will be enhanced with additional resources and efforts in the coming months. The USCCB collaborated with several national Catholic organizations in creating the Novena, which will run October 10-18, and people of all faiths are invited to join in their prayers.
We have linked the press release below and on our Instagram. The article includes links to the novena and other materials that have been released as part of the campaign. Please join us in prayer and advocacy for greater access to life saving mental health care.
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Jonathan Dixon, LMFT
Alpha Omega Team