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.
About 988 – The New National Crisis Hotline
988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress. That could be:
- Thoughts of suicide
- Mental health or substance use crisis, or
- Any other kind of emotional distress
988 serves as a universal entry point so that no matter where you live in the United States, you can reach a trained crisis counselor who can help.
In addition, the 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.
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. 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 people have living with or caring for someone living with mental illness. There’s never any pressure to share; some choose to spend all or most of 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 in our weekly parish emails. To receive these emails, contact us.
Prayers on Demand Videos
and Mental Health Ministry News
The St. James’ Mental Health Leaders Group thought it would be helpful to release some “on demand” prayer videos. These prayers can accompany those who would like a companion or some guidance in their prayer time. We are happy to pray with you wherever you are. Scroll through and view our recent Prayer on Demand videos below.
Mental Health Ministry News follows at the end of this page.
Mental Health Ministry News
Click the titles below to view our recent articles with prayer on demand videos.
Once again the Mental Health Leaders Group has a new batch of videos for you. The content is a little lighter than last time. This month we invite you to pray while walking, with children, after an argument, and with a simple art project when words are out of reach....
The Mental Health Leaders Group is thankful to everyone who expressed appreciation of the "on demand" prayer videos we released last month. We have a new batch of videos for you this month, and we hope you'll find them helpful. Today we are offering three prayer...
January 6, 2022 Recently the St. James' Mental Health Leaders Group thought it would be helpful to release some "on demand" prayer videos. These prayers can accompany those who would like a companion or some guidance in their prayer time. We are happy to pray with...