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

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

People can call or text 988 or chat at for themselves or if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis support.

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.


NAMI: National Alliance on Mental Illness

NAMI Montgomery County


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.