Today we pray for all those whose lives are affected by mental illness.
We pray that they be given “Strength for today and Hope for tomorrow.”
If this is an emergency, please call 911 immediately! For more help in the State of Virginia, Go To This Page Now.
The process of finding a mental health provider can be complicated. You (and your physician or counselor) will have to examine many aspects of your needs and your resources. The Mayo Clinic offers guidelines for making choices.
Your physician or a counselor may be able to help you find the right services. You will save time and effort if you attempt to find out more about your issues, we recommend browsing some of the educational resources of this website.
One of the ways to evaluate which provider to select is to ask your family and friends if they have received services from a mental health professional and do they recommend that provider. “Word-of-Mouth” referrals are still one of the best ways to know which providers are helpful with which issues.
It is difficult to evaluate which mental health provider is best suited to your issues. You want to make sure the provider is licensed to provide mental health services. In Virginia all mental health providers are licensed by one of the health professional boards within the Department of Health Professions. To see if a provider is licensed in Virginia go to the “License Look-up” here and type in the providers name.
Licensing authorities vary from state to state, but the credentials of mental health professionals are consistent. For a list of all of the types of mental health professionals, their credentials and their licensing, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) offers a listing and helps for finding them.
If you have insurance then your insurance company may have mental health providers that are “participating providers” of that insurance company. If you receive services from a participating provider then your insurance will cover some of the cost of services. If you receive services from a non-participating provider then your insurance company may pay less of the cost or none of the cost of the services. So the first step is to contact your insurance company and find out which providers are participating providers in your area.
-In Virginia there is a system of mental health services that are available to persons without insurance. They are called Community Service Boards (CSB’s) or Behavioral Health Authorities (BHA’s) for services delivered in the community. There are state mental health facilities for inpatient or residential mental health services. To locate a Community Service Board, go here.
If you currently do not have health insurance or your insurance does not adequately cover mental health treatment, you may wish to investigate the Affordable Care Act (ACA) as your insurer. Insurance rules change, so it would be wise to review the National Alliance on Mental Illness’ information and FAQs on Mental Health Coverage.
Some communities maintain directories of local mental health providers. In Virginia, however, there is not a comprehensive statewide directory of all mental health providers. You can use the Internet to search for local providers. You may want to contact your local CSB, BHA, United Way or City or County government administrative office to see if they can refer you to a local directory.
In the United States, there are at least four mental health care systems: those that serve persons in the military and their families, those systems that serve veterans, those that serve civilians, and those that serve children. There are some overlaps, such as voluntary civilian support/service groups for military and veterans. When seeking help, any professional should try to refer you to the best service system for you.
A broad resource guide is online from the Federal agency Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Click on the Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator and you will find agencies, telephone numbers and maps to help you make a first contact. There is information on veterans as well as civilians.
If you or someone you know has been diagnosed with issues related to mental health and you want to know more about what that means, visit this page for helpful information.
Click here for direct listing of support groups. If you are looking for organizations which might also be available to persons with needs for information about mental health issues and support?
Inclusion is the term used for active programs to remove stigma and welcome persons with mental health issues in churches. For readings and resources for inclusion, click here.
The “In the News”section of this website will post current newsletters and articles deemed of general interest by the Mental Health Committee. To get those blogs, scroll to the bottom of the page and click on the article you would like to read. The Committee’s Facebook posting will also contain news and information which you can add to or reply.
Click here for more help on prayer and meditations for those who have mental health issues, yourself or others.
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“One in Four..”
. . . is the commonly accepted—and conservative—global statistic for people who have experienced serious mental health issues in their lives. We either have those issues ourselves, or we know a loved one, family member, neighbor, parishioner, or colleague who has mental health challenges.
As Christians we are asked to be attentive to the needs of others and offer compassionate, loving assistance in an environment where all find healing for the soul and where we nurture each other’s spiritual growth. In 2004, to better respond to the needs of clergy and parishioners coping with or impacted by the challenges of mental illness, the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia charged the Mental Health Committee with providing information, education, and assistance to the 182 Churches in the Diocese.
By providing access to information on support services and offering educational programs, the Mental Health Committee assists congregations in removing the stigma surrounding mental illness.
Its mission is to support the churches in the Diocese in their efforts to foster an environment where all are welcomed to God’s table and all are valued and supported in their spiritual journey.
Our website’s goal is to provide access to both National and Virginia resources, support services, and education on a wide range of topics related to mental illness, recovery, prayer, and spiritual support for those coping with mental illness or its impact.
Please be advised that the public information sources on our website are not to be viewed as being endorsed by the Mental Health Committee or the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia.
We hope you will use the website as a gateway for the information you need. We encourage you to not only use this site, but to also let us know what helpful topics or links you would like to see added. Email us here.
The questions above will help you access the information or services appropriate to your needs.
May your compassionate care lead you to advocate for removing the ever-present stigma that compounds the struggles of persons with mental health issues. We invite you to share in the mission of the Mental Health Committee by your actions within your community, or by your active participation as a member of the Mental Health Committee.
May God’s Grace offer solace, healing, and hope.
Marleen McCabe, Chair, Mental Health Committee of the Episcopal Diocese of Virginia
The most beautiful people are those who have known defeat, known suffering, known struggle, known loss, and have found their way out of the depths. These persons have an appreciation, a sensitivity, and an understanding of life that fills them with compassion, gentleness, and a deep loving concern. Beautiful people do not just happen.” –Elisabeth Kübler-Ross
O Christ Jesus,
when all is darkness
and we feel our weakness and helplessness,
give us the sense of Your presence,
Your love, and Your strength.
Help us to have perfect trust
in Your protecting love
and strengthening power,
so that nothing may frighten or worry us,
for, living close to You,
we shall see Your hand,
Your purpose, Your will through all things.
St. Ignatius of Loyola
As members of the Body of Christ, we seek to live out the reconciling love of Jesus by offering educational programs and resources so that Churches may become welcoming and nurturing to all people through active and compassionate understanding and acceptance of varying degrees of mental health.
Mental Health Emergency
If you, a parishioner, or loved one is experiencing a mental health emergency, please call 911 or go to the nearest emergency room.