St. James' Episcopal Church - Potomac 301-762-8040

St. James’ has discerned a calling to address mental health and wellness. As we progress on this journey, we’ll share resources and information here. Scroll down to find our “Prayers on Demand” video series, where you can access a companion prayer video for various difficult or joyous times in life.

Crisis Help

988 – The National Crisis Hotline

Call or text 988 or chat at 24/7 for yourself or a loved one in need of support for:

  • Thoughts of suicide
  • Mental health or substance use crisis
  • Any other kind of emotional distress

More Crisis Help and Resources

Montgomery County Crisis Center provides crisis services 24 hours a day/ 365 days a year. These services are provided over the telephone (240-777-4000) or in person at 1301 Piccard Drive in Rockville (no appointment needed).

Mobile Crisis Outreach will respond anywhere within Montgomery County to provide emergency psychiatric evaluations. Full crisis assessments and treatment referrals are provided for all crises, both psychiatric and situational. In addition, the program has six crisis beds as an alternative to hospitalization for those who are uninsured or are insured within the public mental health system.

NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness
NAMI Montgomery County

More About Mental Health Ministries at St. James'

St. James’ Mental Health Ministries

Since 2018, St. James’ has discerned a call from God to a ministry with people living with mental illness and the people who love them. This ministry has included many initiatives, but underlying them all is an overarching understanding of how we are being called to the Mental Health Ministries that has developed.

We value and respect the contributions that mental health professionals and medications are able to offer people living with mental illness. Our ministries are not a substitute for them, yet we seek to find how we, as a church, might provide a positive addition to what they offer in ways that we are best suited to do so as a congregation.

This is what we have developed so far:

  • We create a supportive community where people are able to be open, to the degree that they feel comfortable doing so, about their experiences with mental illness, knowing that they are fully loved by God and the community.
  • We help reduce the silence and stigma that surround mental illness, and increase compassionate awareness and accurate understanding of it.
  • We advocate for society meeting the needs of people living with mental illness and the people who love them.

The Leaders Group of the Mental Health Ministries meets monthly to help plan the year’s MHM Initiatives. If you have more questions about the ministries, contact The Rev. James Isaacs,, or the parish office,


Support at St. James’

Find support and fellowship with “Stronger Together” on Thursday evenings

This St. James’ group meets Thursday evenings at 7:00 p.m. by Zoom to discuss a new mental health topic each week (see our blog below for the latest topics).

The conversations are easy-going, positive, supportive, and often a lot of fun. Sometimes the topics are heavy, but more commonly they are about everyday issues affecting our mental well-being, or the experiences of living with or caring for someone living with mental illness. There’s never any pressure to share; some choose to spend the time together listening. We pray for one another and do our best to grow our empathy and listening skills.

Access to the meeting is shared here and in our weekly parish emails. To receive these emails, contact us.

Mental Health Ministry News and Prayer on Demand Videos

Mental Health Ministry News appears in the blog posts below.

The St. James’ Mental Health Leaders Group has created some “on demand” prayer videos to accompany those who would like a companion or some guidance in their prayer time. We are happy to pray with you wherever you are.

Find the prayer videos at the end of this page. 

Stronger Together: The Empathy Gap

Hi friends, This week we're going to talk about one reason why we tend to do things that are perplexing even to us. You know the frustration: you think about a behavior you engaged in or a decision you made a few days ago and ask yourself, "why did I do that?" The...

read more

Stronger Together – Happy New Year!

Welcome to 2023! Our theme for this week is “living a good life in 2023,” which, while related to mental health, is mostly about our broader well-being… Our warm-up question for this week: What’s the worst–or funniest–New Year’s resolution you or someone you know ever made?

read more