Mental illness

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Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln credits the support of friends, family, medical professionals, and his golden retriever, Stella, with his recovery from mental illness.

Nebraska bishop shares mental illness story, offers message of hope 

May 17, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Bishop James Conley of the Diocese of Lincoln shared in a May 16 letter about his experience with mental illness... Read more

“Woman of the Well” paintings by Glenda Stevens are being distributed to each of the 15 deaneries in the Diocese of Phoenix.

Catholic Church responds to mental health crisis across the U.S. and globally

May 15, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Following a 2023 USCCB initiative, Catholics across the country and the world have been working in their local communities to... Read more


‘Christ wants to be with us’: how Catholic ministries are responding to the mental health crisis

Apr 13, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

Catholic organizations and ministries throughout the nation have been dedicating more resources to address the mental health crisis. Read more

The funeral of Passaic County Sheriff Richard Berdnik on Jan. 31, 2024, outside the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in the Diocese of Paterson, New Jersey.

New Jersey sheriff’s funeral Mass shows Church’s development of approach to suicide

Feb 6, 2024

By Kate Quiñones

There is a growing focus in the Catholic Church on suicide prevention and mental health support. Read more


As Canada normalizes euthanasia, assisted suicide for mentally ill, doctors voice concerns

Apr 12, 2022

By Kevin J. Jones

Last year, Canadian lawmakers approved legislation that expanded the eligibility for euthanasia and assisted suicide to the mentally ill, and... Read more

Austin and Catherine Mardon meet Pope Francis Nov. 6.

Catholic couple brings the love of family to young people with mental illness

Nov 10, 2019

By Hannah Brockhaus

For Catholic couple Austin and Catherine Mardon, mental illness is personal.  Read more

Catholic woman with schizophrenia being held for blasphemy in Indonesia 

Jul 8, 2019

A mentally ill woman who identified herself as a Catholic is being held for blasphemy in Indonesia after an incident... Read more


In the US, we're more likely to jail the mentally ill than get them help

Dec 29, 2017

By Matt Hadro

People with severe mental illness are much more likely to be incarcerated than treated for their disorders, say advocates, and... Read more

A tele-prayer service for Catholics with mental illnesses

Oct 6, 2017

By Perry West

To recognize Mental Illness Awareness Week, the National Catholic Partnership on Disability held a teleconference prayer service offering those with... Read more

Is Virginia about to execute a man with a serious mental illness?

Jun 30, 2017

By Matt Hadro

William Morva is scheduled to be executed in Virginia on July 6.  Read more

An Oregon bill could allow mentally ill patients to be starved

Feb 13, 2017

An Oregon bill on advanced medical directive rules could allow patients who suffer from dementia or mental illness to be... Read more

Many states still execute inmates with severe mental illnesses

Dec 10, 2016

By Matt Hadro

More than 10 years ago, the Supreme Court ruled in two separate cases that the death penalty is unconstitutional when... Read more

Court commended for staying execution of mentally ill man

Dec 3, 2014

The Catholic bishops in Texas thanked a federal appeals court for issuing a stay of execution for mentally ill inmate... Read more

The lethal injection room at New Mexico State Pen.

Texas Catholics to governor: Don't execute mentally ill man

Dec 2, 2014

The Texas Catholic Conference has called on governor Rick Perry to stay the execution of mentally ill death row inmate... Read more

Bishops encourage tenderness, policy changes for mentally ill

Feb 11, 2014

The Catholic bishops of New York State have released a pastoral document on mental illness, urging Christians to show compassion... Read more