How churches can respond to the COVID-19 mental health crisis

08/06/2021  |  Houston Chapter Resources

Claire Shynett, coordinator of the Houston chapter brief interview with Kate Scanton for Catholic News Agency.

With concerns that suicide rates are rising in communities of color during the pandemic, Catholic mental health workers say the Church can play a key role in response.

Claire Shynett, coordinator of the Houston chapter of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers, told CNA in an interview that churches are critical to reaching people struggling with mental illness who have not yet sought treatment.

Shynett noted that “in most communities of color, the church is the center focus.”

“So if we start working with people through the church, we can help educate more people on what’s happening” with their mental health, Shynett said.

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