St. Luke’s values the importance of access to tools to support your mental wellness. Cultivating your mental health is as important as maintaining your spiritual health. People often don’t get mental health services because they don’t know where to start. The links below include emergency resources and resources to achieve daily balance.
- Emergency Medical Services: 911
- if the situation is potentially life-threatening, get immediate assistance by calling 911, 24 hours a day
- The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is now The 988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: call or text 988
- if you or someone you know is suicidal or in emotional distress. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals in the United States. The 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 200 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices.
- The previous Lifeline phone number (1-800-273-8255) will always remain available to people in emotional distress or suicidal crisis.
- Live Chat Online
- Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA): 1-800-662-HELP (4357)
- SAMHSA’s National Helpline (also known as the Treatment Referral Routing Service) is a confidential, free, 24 hour a day information service, in English and Spanish, for individuals and family members facing mental and/or substance use disorders. This service provides referrals to local treatment facilities, support groups, and community-based organizations.
- Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990 (call or text)
- If you or someone you know is struggling after a disaster, you are not alone. Disaster Distress Helpline (DDH) is available to get help and support for any distress that you or someone you care about may be feeling related to any disaster. You Are Not Alone. If you or someone you know may be depressed, suffering from overwhelming feelings of anxiety, or possibly abusing alcohol or drugs.
- The Helpline and text service are available 24 hours a day, free, answered by trained crisis counselors
- National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
- Crisis Text Line: text NAMI to 741-741 for 24/7 crisis support
- NAMI Connection Support Group meetings take place at St. Luke’s on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Building B, Room 202. Meetings are open to adults 18 years of age and older living with a mental illness. There is no cost to attend these drop-in and confidential meetings.
- NAMI Family Support Group meetings also take place at St. Luke’s on the second and fourth Tuesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. in Building B, Room 204. Meetings are open to family members, caregivers or friends of people living with a mental illness. There is no cost to attend these drop-in and confidential meetings.
St. Luke’s Resources — st.lukes.org/care
As we affirm faith in God through our ministries, we claim a sacred place where Christ’s love unites us with compassion and the caring of others.
In order to make the love of Christ a real presence in the life of each person we reach within our faith community, our ministries:
- Extends support during the trials of life and celebrate the joys
- Leads persons to resources appropriate to their needs
- Creates and maintain innovative programs to minister spiritually, emotionally, and physically
- Encourages all to explore and maximize their individual spiritual gifts for the work of the church and to the glory of God
Find out about all of the resources available for mental, physical, and other support at st.lukes.org/care
St. Luke’s proudly hosts weekly Alcoholics Anonymous (AA) and Al-Anon meetings and NAMI gatherings twice a month. Find more information about meeting times at st.lukes.org/care.
Stephen Ministry – Stephen Ministers are lay congregation members trained to provide one-to-one care to those experiencing a difficult time in life, such as grief, divorce, job loss, chronic or terminal illness, relocation, etc. Stephen Ministers come from all walks of life, but they all share a passion for bringing Christ’s love and care to people during a time of need. They are not pastors or counselors and cannot provide advice or counsel.
A Stephen Minister can meet on a weekly basis to listen, care, encourage, and provide emotional and spiritual support. Meetings normally last one hour. Women are matched with female Stephen Ministers and men are matched with male Stephen Ministers. The caring relationship lasts as long as the need for care exists. To request a Stephen Minister, please email or contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 and a Stephen Minister Leader will contact you to follow up for additional information.
St. Luke’s Community Counseling Center – The Community Counseling Center at St. Luke’s is a nonprofit group providing counseling services to people of all ages by Licensed Mental Health Counselors. Our support center is open to anyone in the community seeking comfort, wholeness, and nonjudgmental support. Counseling services are based on the universal values of healing, caring, and confidentiality. Our counselors are both approved providers for many insurance companies and offer a sliding fee scale in addition to the standard fee. To learn more about the Counseling Center or to make an appointment with a therapist, call (407) 876-8237.
Autism Spectrum Disorders Support Group – St. Luke’s offers a support group for parents of children and teens with Autism Spectrum Disorders. Join this helpful online support group on the second Thursday of the month (unless otherwise noted) from 6:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. on Zoom to share ideas, concerns, success stories, challenges and fellowship. Dr. Amy Fritz-Ocock, CCC-SLP, leads this helpful support group offering a brief topical lesson each month. Contact the Care office at 407.876.4991 ext. 262 for the Zoom meeting link/password and to obtain more information.