Crisis Mental Health Services: 988

Suicide Hotlines: | Santa Clara County | 855-278-4204

Text Line: 741741 | (Text “BAY” for Crisis Support in Bay Area)

California Youth Crisis | 800-843-5200

National | 800-784-2433

Santa Clara County Emergency Psychiatric Service (EPS) | 408-885-6100

Crisis Lines:
Adults – Critical Incident Team; Mobile Crisis Unit; Santa Clara County;
M-F; 8 a.m.-8 p.m.; 24 hr. helpline (also MediCal Mental Health resource)

Youth ages 20 and below Pacific Clinics Mobile Response Stabilization Services [MRSS]
24/7 1-408-379-9085

NAMI Warm Line (open M-F; 10 a.m.-6 p.m.) | 408-453-0400

National Domestic Abuse Hotline: 1-800-799-7233 or text  LOVEIS  to 22522

Veterans Crisis Line: 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or text 838255

Mental Health Ministry Training

Learn skills to serve as a Parish-Based Mental Health Minister. Learn about If you or others in your parish are interested in Mental Health Ministry, take the first step in exploring and learn about Listen with the Ears of the Heart trainings by contacting Barbara Zahner at

Upcoming Events

Mental Health Retreat Day

On Saturday Jan 13, from 8:30am – 3:00pm, join together with Deacon Ed Shoener, President and founder of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministry, for a day of prayer, formation and reflection; Keynote, Mass, Breakouts and more. Location is St. William Church, 611 S El Monte Ave., Los Altos.  Lunch provided. 

MindSpring Webinars

All webinars are free and open to the public.

Be Sensitive, Be Brave: Suicide Prevention

For more information or to request a training, please contact: Evelyn Quintanilla at

St. Simon Monthly Hope & Healing Wellness Circle

Date: Third Monday of the month, over Zoom

Time: 7:00pm – 8:15pm


New Mental Health Month Toolkit at:
Mental Health America (

A Pastoral Letter from the Bishops of California on Caring for those who suffer from Mental Illness Addressed to All Catholics and People of Goodwill.

Read and download here: English Spanish Vietnamese

Study Guide here: English

Suicide Prevention

Web Resources

  1. Suicide Prevention & Crisis – Behavioral Health Services – County of Santa Clara (
  2. Suicide pdf attached
  3. A Busted Halo podcast of Bishop John & Deacon Ed Shoener discussing why and how they wrote Grieving a Loved Ones Loss to Suicide and Responding to Suicide
  4. Suicide Prevention: A Resource for Parents Brochure: This e-brochure includes questions parents can ask themselves to assess if their teen might be at risk of suicide and actions to take.  Tips on raising resilient teens as well as resources are provided.
  5. Prevención del Suicidio: Un Recurso Para Padres: Este folleto electrónico incluye preguntas que los padres pueden hacerse para evaluar si su hijo/a adolescente podría estar en riesgo de suicidio y las acciones que debe tomar. Se ofrecen recursos tanto como consejos sobre cómo criar adolescentes con capacidad de recuperación.
  6. “When a Loved One Dies by Suicide” series intended to bring the message of the book “How to discern God’s Will for your Life”. Resource from Deacon Ed Shoener, founder of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers – for article, free eBook, and more click CRUX: Ministry helps families of suicide victims.

Book Resources

  • “After Suicide: Seven Things for Catholic to Know” by Ron Rolheiser
  • Grieving a Loved Ones Loss to Suicide
    A slim book with deep compassion; excellent for suicide bereavement support groups, nine-day (month) novena for those who bereaved be suicide, and for personal reflection, prayer and healing – available through Ave Maria Press, Amazon and other book dealers
  • Responding to Suicide: A Pastoral Handbook for Catholic Leaders
    An excellent resources with thought-provoking, theological insights, and pastoral reflections on offering consolation to those bereaved, shocked, or bewildered by death by suicide – available through Ave Maria Press, Amazon and other book dealers
  • A Busted Halo podcast of Bishop John & Deacon Ed Shoener discussing why and how they wrote Grieving a Loved Ones Loss to Suicide and Responding to Suicide

Archdiocese of Seattle Resources

Wellness Wednesdays are a monthly educational forum featuring professionals from various mental health disciplines speaking on topics of interest. All the Wellness Wednesday videos can be found here in the parish toolkit section under “Wellness Wednesday Recordings.”  recording credit to Archdiocese of Seattle’s Mental Health Ministry.

Articles and Reflections

Parishes with Mental Health Ministry

Parish grant recipients of Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministers and have Mental Health Ministries:

Diocesan Mental Health Ministers Team — The team will promote and lead the efforts of Mental Health Ministry within the Diocese, through the Life, Justice, and Peace Office, Fr. Angelbert Chikere, Director.

Team members: Linda Batton, St. Simon; Sharon Bouska, Santa Teresa; Ana Maria Flores-Velez, St. Thomas Aquinas, David Guzman-Rangel, St. Lucy, Michelle Hansen, Holy Spirit, Anh Nguyen, Most Holy Trinity, Holly Salkeld, Holy Spirit, and Barbara Zahner, St. Francis of Assisi.