Faith Based Communities
Help is available! Find easy access to mental health and suicide prevention resources by using the links provided here.
If you or someone you care about is in crisis and needs immediate help, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-8255. The phone lines are answered by trained professionals; the call is free and confidential. If you need to be connected to mental health services in Riverside County, call the CARES Line at (800) 499-3008. If emergency medical care is needed, call 9-1-1 or go to the emergency room of the nearest hospital. You may also call or walk into a Riverside County 24/7 Mental Health Urgent Care location. Whether you are in crisis or just need someone to talk to, all services are voluntary. Counseling and nursing, as well as, psychiatric medications are available. All locations are open 24/7 and everyone is welcome regardless of insurance type or ability to pay.
- Mental Health Ministries
This website provides educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in faith communities and to help congregations become caring congregations for people living with a mental illness, as well as their families. The site includes printer-friendly media and print resources that can be adapted to the unique needs of each congregation.
- Mental Health Grace Alliance
Mental Health Grace Alliance West Coast is a Christian non-profit mental health recovery support organization serving the community and church through the implementation of support groups, educational trainings and mental health recovery resources within your local community. For information on support groups in your area or to participate in one of its mental health trainings, contact the organization at firstname.lastname@example.org.
- NAMI FaithNet
This site provides context and resources for NAMI’s outreach to faith communities, including a training curriculum, newsletter and materials for worship services related to overcoming the stigma of mental illness.
- Sabbaths of Hope: Faith Communities Responding to Depression (Mental Health America of the Heartland)
This kit helps faith communities respond to depression by enabling clergy, seminarians and other faith leaders to recognize signs and symptoms; offer more effective support to congregants and clergy suffering from depression; provide referral and linkage to treatment options; address stigma, discrimination, and other barriers to treatment; and promote holistic approaches to depression treatment.