July 28, 2023

Mental health resources in central and southern Indiana

Logo for our Mental Health and Wholeness Series: Mind, Body and SpiritFollowing is a list of mental health resources for adults available in central and southern vetted by the archdiocese.

• On Aug. 10 at 6:30 p.m., the archdiocese’s Mental Health and Addiction Ministry Healing Mass, to be celebrated by Archbishop Charles C. Thompson, will take place at SS. Peter and Paul Cathedral in Indianapolis. The sacrament of reconciliation will be offered starting at 6 p.m.

The Mass is for all those suffering from mental health difficulties and addiction, their families and friends and those involved in addressing mental health issues.

Following the Mass, Archbishop Thompson will offer individual blessings, and prayer teams will conduct prayer sessions with those who wish. Refreshments and resources will be available in the cathedral rectory parlor until 9 p.m.

The Mass is sponsored by the archdiocesan Office of Human Life and Dignity. For additional information, contact Brie Ann Varick at 317-236-1543 or bvarick@archindy.org.

Project Hope is a new archdiocesan ministry for parishes that creates a safe and confidential environment for those who struggle with mental health conditions to encounter Christ through community, support and Scripture. Groups of eight to 10 people ages 18 and older meet for six weekly sessions. Sessions are facilitated by a mental health professional. Project Hope is available at St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis. The next group of sessions there will start on Sept. 12. For more information or to register, go to lnkiy.in/ProjectHope or contact Brie Anne Varick at bvarick@archindy.org or 317-236-1543. Other parish Project Hope groups are coming soon. To learn more about the ministry or to start one in your parish, go to lnkiy.in/ProjectHope or contact Varick as listed above.

You Are Not Alone, a retreat for those struggling after suicide loss, will take place on Sept. 29-Oct. 1 at Our Lady of Fatima Retreat House in Indianapolis. For more information or to register, go to lnkiy.in/YANA2023.

A list of Catholic therapists and counselors located in central and southern Indiana, vetted by the archdiocese, can be found at lnkiy.in/MentalHealthMinistry and lnkiy.in/CounselorList.

Catholic Charities Bloomington offers individual, couples, family and child counseling. Most health insurances are accepted, with a sliding fee scale available. For accessibility to all in need, this counseling is not faith-based. Call 812-332-1262 or go to ccbin.org for more information.

Catholic Charities Indianapolis (CCI) offers individual, couple and family counseling on a sliding fee scale based on income. CCI also accepts a variety of private insurances as well as Medicaid. For accessibility to all in need, this counseling is not faith-based. Call 317-236-1500 and select option 2. Go to lnkiy.in/CCICounseling to complete an intake form and for a list of therapists.

Caregiving can be stressful and isolating. Catholic Charities Indianapolis offers Caregiver Support groups at the Archbishop Edward T. O’Meara Catholic Center in Indianapolis from 1-2:30 p.m. on the third Thursday of the month, and at St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis from 5:30-7 p.m. on the third Tuesday of the month. Registration is required. For more information, go to lnkiy.in/CCICaregivers, call 317-261-3378 or e-mail mwoodsworth@archindy.org.

St. Jude Parish in Indianapolis offers a twice yearly six-week bereavement support group open to all. The next sessions start in November. For more information, contact Patti Collins at pcollins@stjudeindy.org or 317-786-4371. Many parishes offer bereavement ministry as well; call your parish office for more information.

Patron saints: St. Dymphna, patron saint of mental health; St. Benedict Joseph Labre, patron saint of those suffering from mental illness; Our Lady of Lourdes, patroness of healing; St. Thérèse of Lisieux (the Little Flower), who suffered from depression; St. Oscar Romero, who suffered from obsessive-compulsive disorder.

More resources, including various helplines, links to videos and material for parishes are available at lnkiy.in/MentalHealthMinistry. †


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