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  • Mercy Street's P85 Support Group

    P85 Group: Spiritual and community support for anyone living with mental illness. The name P85 comes from Psalm 85.10: Mercy and Love and Faithfulness meet in the street. Right Living and Peace embrace and kiss!

    Who’s it for: Any person living with mental illness in any of its many and varied expressions. Any friend or family member who loves someone living with mental illness. All who have a desire to be supported in their spiritual journey, particularly as we journey through the challenges of our mental health.

    When: Saturday nights, 7-8 p.m. following Mercy Street. Childcare provided for people attending Mercy Street – pick up children at 7:55.

    Where: Fireside Room at Chapelwood UMC at 11140 Greenbay, Houston, TX 77024

    Facilitators: Betsy Hammer and Betsie McClimans know first hand what it’s like to live with mental illness. Betsie McClimans is Mercy Street’s director of community care. Betsie Hammer is a psychiatric nurse at Menninger Clinic and holds a Masters of Divinity degree from Fuller Theological Seminary. Contact for more information.  Click Here To Register


  • Suicide Hotlines

    Crisis Intervention Houston: 713-HOTLINE (468-5463)


    Naitonal Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

  • Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration

    The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) is the agency within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services that leads public health efforts to advance the behavioral health of the nation. SAMHSA's mission is to reduce the impact of substance abuse and mental illness on America's communities.

  • Green River Wellness

    Services: Comprehensive Holistic Psychosocial Assessment, Intensive Reintegration Program, Prompt Outpatient Follow-up, Provider Collaboration, Case Management, Referrals, etc...

  • National Institute of Mental Health

    The mission of NIMH is to transform the understanding and treatment of mental illnesses through basic and clinical research, paving the way for prevention, recovery, and cure.  For the Institute to continue fulfilling this vital public health mission, it must foster innovative thinking and ensure that a full array of novel scientific perspectives are used to further discovery in the evolving science of brain, behavior, and experience. In this way, breakthroughs in science can become breakthroughs for all people with mental illnesses.

  • Mental Health America

    Mental Health America, founded in 1909, is the nation’s leading community-based network dedicated to helping all Americans achieve wellness by living mentally healthier lives.

  • American Psychological Association

    The American Psychological Association is the largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States. APA is the world's largest association of psychologists, with nearly 130,000 researchers, educators, clinicians, consultants and students as its members.

  • Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance – Support Groups Houston

    All groups are 1.5 hours, free, and confidential. We hope you are able to find a group that meets your specific needs as they relate to depression or bipolar disorder.

  • Crisis Intervention Houston

    Crisis Intervention of Houston, Inc. (CIH) is a 501 c 3 nonprofit organization with the sole mission to help people in crisis. They operate free, confidential, anonymous hotlines, 24 hours a day, seven days a week, as well as, numerous programs and services including Survivors of Suicide support groups, a teen internet chat service, teen texting program, a youth outreach program to prevent bullying and peer harassment, suicide prevention/intervention education and on-site crisis response teams.

  • Schizophrenia And Related Disorders Alliance Of America (SARDAA)

    Schizophrenia and Related Disorders Alliance of America promotes improvement in the lives of people with schizophrenia-related illnesses and their families by providing support, hope, and awareness so that early diagnosis, treatment, and community services increase recovery.

  • Quotes On Mental Health and Mental Illness - Healthy Place

    These quotes on mental health, quotes on mental illness are insightful and inspirational. The beautiful images for these mental health quotes provide an emotional backdrop. Feel free to share them on your website, blog, or social profile page.

  • Mental Health Channel

    It’s a channel like you’d see on cable, but on the web—created to raise awareness and help every viewer realize the benefits of improved mental health.

  • Mental Health Facts

    One in four adults−approximately 61.5 million Americans−experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17−about 13.6 million−live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder.

    Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent.

    Approximately 1.1 percent of American adults— about 2.4 million people—live with schizophrenia.

    Approximately 2.6 percent of American adults−6.1 million people−live with bipolar disorder.

    Approximately 6.7 percent of American adults−about 14.8 million people−live with major depression.

    Approximately 18.1 percent of American adults−about 42 million people−live with anxiety disorders, such as panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD), posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), generalized anxiety disorder and phobias.

    About 9.2 million adults have co-occurring mental health and addiction disorders.8

    Approximately 26 percent of homeless adults staying in shelters live with serious mental illness and an estimated 46 percent live with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorders.

    Approximately 20 percent of state prisoners and 21 percent of local jail prisoners have “a recent history” of

    a mental health condition.

    70 percent of youth in juvenile justice systems have at least one mental health condition and at least 20 percent live with a severe mental illness.

    Approximately 60 percent of adults, and almost one-half of youth ages 8 to 15 with a mental illness received no

    mental health services in the previous year.

    African American and Hispanic Americans used mental health services at about one-half the rate of whites in the past year and Asian Americans at about one-third the rate.

    One-half of all chronic mental illness begins by the age of 14; three-quarters by age 24.Despite effective treatment, there are long delays−sometimes decades−between the first appearance of symptoms and when people get help.

    Serious mental illness costs America $193.2 billion in lost earnings per year.

    Mood disorders such as depression are the third most common cause of hospitalization in the U.S. for both youth and adults ages 18 to 44.

    Individuals living with serious mental illness face an increased risk of having chronic medical conditions. Adults living with serious mental illness die on average 25 years earlier than other Americans, largely due to

    treatable medical conditions.

    Over 50 percent of students with a mental health condition age 14 and older who are served by special education drop out−the highest dropout rate of any

    disability group.

    Suicide is the tenth leading cause of death in the U.S. (more common than homicide) and the third leading cause of death for ages 15 to 24 years. More than 90 percent of those who die by suicide had one or more

    mental disorders.

    Although military members comprise less than 1 percent of the U.S. population, veterans represent 20 percent of suicides nationally. Each day, about 22 veterans die from suicide.25


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  • National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

    NAMI is the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raise awareness and build a community for hope for all of those in need.

  • NAMI Houston

    NAMI Greater Houston

  • The Balanced Mind Parent Network – Family Support

    The Balanced Mind Parent Network (BMPN), a program of the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance (DBSA), guides families raising children with mood disorders to the answers, support and stability they seek.


  • Support Groups

    Tuesdays 7PM - Chapelwood UMC Fellowship Hall, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, 77024  - Depression Recovery

    Jessica (713) 354-4487,


    Saturdays, 7PM - Chapelwood UMC Fellowship Hall, 11140 Greenbay, Houston, 77024  - P85

    Jessica (713) 354-4487,


    1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7PM - Cypress Bible Church, 11711 Cypress N. Houston, Cypress, 77429

    Jane Easterwood...(281) 376-8735,


    2nd Thursday, 7PM - Seven Acres Jewish Senior Services, 6200 N. Braeswood, Houston, 77074

    Margaret Gallagher...(713) 726-9320,


    1st & 3rd Wednesday, 7PM -  Bay Area Unitarian Universalist Church, 17503 El Camino Real, Houston, TX 77058

    Patsy Crum...(281) 471-3123,


    1st & 3rd Sunday, 4PM - St. Peter's United Methodist, 70775 Kingsland Blvd., Katy, 77450

    Pat or Leon Alderfer...(713) 467-3764,


    2nd & 4th Sunday, 7PM - Pines Presbyterian Church, 12751 Kimberly, Houston, 77024
    Vi Napolitano...(281) 893-2493,


    2nd & 4th Thursday, 7PM - St. Laurence Catholic Church, 3103 Sweetwater Blvd., Sugar Land, 77479
    Doris Osei...(281) 494-5193,


    2nd Tuesday, 7PM -  St. Paul's United Methodist Church, 5501 Main St, Houston, TX 77004
    Phil & Lesley Blackburn 832-367-4943,


    1st Tuesday, 7PM - Tomball Community Center, 221 Market St., Tomball, 77375

    Lana Hand...(281) 376-5368,


    2nd & 4th Sunday 3PM - Bridgepoint Bible Church 13277 Katy Freeway, Houston, 77007

    Pat or Leon Alderfer...(713) 467-3764,


    segundo y cuarto martes 7PM - Comunidad Catolica St. Cecilia 11720 Joan of Arc, Houston, 77024
    Dora Pozzi...(713) 772-5688,


    3rd Thursday 9AM - Ninfa Laurenzo ECC 205 N. Delmar St., Houston, 77011

    Sergio Aguirre...(832) 265-8402,


    3rd Thursday 6PM - Iglesia Cristiana Verbo Divino 2107 Allen Genoa, Pasadena, 77502
    Sergio Aguirre...(832) 265-8402,


    Every Thursday 7PM - First United Methodist Church, 800 East Main St., Humble, 77338

    Finis Hay...(281) 684-8322,


    2nd & 4th Wednesday, 7PM West Houston Community Center, 725 Bateswood, Houston, 77079
    Vi Napolitano...(281) 893-2493,


    Every Wednesday 6:30PM, New Testament Outreach Clarence, 9006 Scott Street, Houston, Texas 77004
    Ewing...(832)205-3768 / Anu Chatufale  (713) 562-7630


  • A Prayer for World Mental Health Day

    Tender God,

    Your gentle and kind-hearted love

    waits for us in the darkness and shields

    us from the light when it feels too overwhelming. We remember today all those who

    live in the depths of depression. Continue to cherish us all when we find it so difficult

    to cherish ourselves. Enable us to discover companions of compassion who will abide

    with us, as you abide in all things and in all places where the heart and mind aches for

    peace and a place of rest from the storm. We ask this in the name of our brother and

    friend, Jesus Christ. Amen

    © Christopher Newell 2012

  • A Blessing Prayer

    May the Lord God Bless you each step of Life’s way.

    May you learn each day to open yourself to love and the blessings of love.

    May you find a stick to lean on when the road is hard- and not use the stick to beat


    May you be blessed with life's abundance and blessed in poor days too, learning again

    what really matters, what lasts. May you never give in to despair or the lie that

    nothing can change.

    May you find ways of life and walk them with courage, knowing that every step is

    within the heart of Christ who holds all our days in love.

    © Revd Dr Christopher Jenkins

  • Prayers Of Intercession

    O Lord our God,

    for those of us whose lives are strained and


    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.

    For those of us whose hold on life is fragile……

    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.

    For those of us whose illness makes them


    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.

    For those of us whose families struggle to

    understand them……

    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.

    For families and friends,

    nurses, doctors and therapists

    and all who seek to walk alongside

    the stressed and strained, the vulnerable and the fragile……

    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.

    O Lord our God,

    for all whose lives are in turmoil

    through the effects of mental illness……

    Hear our prayer

    and pour out your peace.


    ©Mary Hawes

  • Prayer Of Welcome

    Come and bring your hidden places

    Come and bring your hurting spaces

    Come and eat with hearts that break

    Come and drink, new worlds to make

    Come and feast, your vision spread

    Despair and Hope connects the fed.

    Jesus says, ‘Come!’


    © Christopher Newell 2012

  • Prayer For Peace

    When creation is overcome by the chaos from which its springs, peace be with you.

    When the sweet darkness of sleep never comes, peace be with you.

    When the light of the day overwhelms you, peace be with you.

    In the broken heart and risen body of Christ, peace be with you.

    © Christopher Newell 2012