Grant funds help train parish mental health teams to guide others to care

by Amanda Hudson, The Observer News Editor  |  04/28/2021  |  ACMHM News

Catholic Charities in the Diocese of Rockford has received a grant to develop mental health ministries in Catholic parishes — a ministry that will be a part of the Catholic Charities’ Counseling program.

Richard Parsons, director of the counseling program, explains that the grant comes from the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers. CMHM is “a lay association of the Christian faithful whose members are called to be a healing presence in the lives of people with mental illness,” according to the association website.

The grant, Parsons says, will be used to hire a part-time coordinator who will work with the parishes that are interested in being part of the new ministry. Initially, from three to five parishes will host the new program.