Our ministry to the mentally ill extends to those who live with mental illness, those who care for the mentally ill, and those who have taken a compassionate interest in the struggle with mental illness. The structure of the meetings is to draw on our personal experiences and the wealth of resources that exist within our Christian Catholic faith. The main activities of the ministry are based on education and fellowship. Programs that are either based spirituality or learning about mental illness. While we are faithful to the Church’s teaching, membership is open to everyone.
One out of every 6 Canadians will experience a mental health problem or illness. Mental illness is a biological illness that affects the brain and causes changes in mood, perception and behaviour. This can be very debilitating, affecting every aspect of a person’s life, including their ability to work and maintain relationships and commitments. It often gives no warning and does not discriminate based on age, race, intelligence, gender or social status. Mental illness is widely misunderstood. Many believe it is caused by weakness, laziness or lack of intelligence. People with mental health issues are even thought of as violent or dangerous. These myths and the discrimination and social exclusion that are a result, often leaves the mentally ill, with their many faces, feeling isolated and ashamed. This stigma is a reason why only a third of Canadians who experience a mental health problem will seek treatment or help.