Mental & Spiritual Health during COVID-19
We recognize that this is a very difficult time for members of our parish community.
Feelings of despair are real, and anxiety and depression are on the rise. There are resources available. We will use this webpage to make available resources in our community.
Spiritual Direction or Counseling
To begin, we wanted to share a differentiation between spiritual direction and counseling as this topic is often brought up.
Fr. Bob Hutmacher, ofm, shares this explanation:
We frequently receive requests for spiritual direction and counseling. Though the two can overlap at times, there is a difference between them. These brief descriptions may help you decide which one you need.
Counseling / therapy: the primary relationship is between therapist and client. The therapist assists the client by listening to the movements, patterns and needs of the client. The aim(s) of therapy or counseling of any kind can be to help the client solve problems, change behaviors, perhaps look into one’s past and see what impacts relationships now. Counseling can also be confrontational or help the client set goals. Frequency depends on what is accomplished by the client; it can require only one or many sessions.
Spiritual direction: the primary relationship here is the client’s relationship with God. The director accompanies the directee in her or his journey with God. The director helps the client discern the experience of God in daily life. Perhaps the directee wants to change prayer styles and patterns or to be more attentive to God’s voice. He or she agrees to accept the director’s guidance. Spiritual direction can be a longterm commitment on the part of both director and directee. It is always done in the context of prayer and spiritual trust.
Here are some counseling and mental health resources:
- Catholic Charities Counseling Resources: www.catholiccharities.net/GetHelp/OurServices/Counseling.aspx or call 312.655.7725
- NAMI Metro Suburban: www.namimetsub.org or call 708.524.2582
- Mental Illness Ministries of the Archdiocese of Chicago: http://miministry.org/ or call 773.525.0453 x221
- Illinois Domestic Violence Hotline: 877.863.6338
- Domestic Violence Outreach Ministry Resource Manual lists a number of resources at https://pvm.archchicago.org/human-dignity-solidarity/domestic-violence-outreach/resource-manual
- Oak Park Township Community Mental Health Board: https://oakparktownship.org/community-mental-health/
- National 24-hour Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1.800.273.8255. In English and Spanish.
- Health Connection Hub (The Hub): The HUB is a closed-loop referral database that helps connect community members to the behavioral health and other social services that they need. https://healthconnectionhub.org/. The HUB provides a long list of resources for people and families of all ages and allows you to search by zip code.