Catholics embrace the Easter Season as 50-day celebration of HOPE. As the effects of Covid-19 disrupt and at times devastate lives, the podcast series: Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health, from CMN Member, Ave Maria Press provides hope and spiritual strength for those who struggle with mental health concerns. Many Catholic organizations are providing helpful options for individuals and families. In addition to traditional medical care, MyCatholicDoctor provides mental health tele-medicine, counseling and spiritual direction from the convenience of a computer or mobile device. Catholic counselor, Dr. Greg Popcak offers advice for coping in Our Sunday Visitor publications. Find an array of solutions available from more CMN member organizations.
Divine Mercy University, who specializes in training clergy and laypersons for pastoral and practical counseling that is rooted in Catholic faith, has helpful Youtube videos available. The “Media Nuns,” the Daughters of St. Paul are actively providing hope and help on social media platforms including Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and YouTube. Some of the content includes: Surviving Depression During the Pandemic –Tuesdays 1pm a conversation with Sr. Kathryn James Hermes; Mary Walks Beside You: Strength for Living in Fragile Times a spiritual walk with Our Lady to help us navigate this crisis; and Storytime with the Sisters where the sisters read aloud children’s books providing comfort for children and their families. Augustine Institute’s FORMED platform provides a broad array of films that provide inspiration to boost mental health, even through entertainment experiences. CMN is proud to promote the efforts of ministries who integrate our Catholic faith in the resources to support mental health that they provide.