Membership in the Association of Catholic Mental Health Ministry (ACMHM) is free. If there is an existing local chapter of the ACMHM in your area, you will also be enrolled in your local chapter. If there is not a local chapter in your area, you will be a member of the national ACMHM, and we encourage you to consider starting a local chapter.
The purpose of membership is to strengthen Mental Health Ministry in the Catholic Church. We come together to share resources and to network with others engaged in Mental Health Ministry. Membership does not include or imply qualification or certification as a minister.
There are three types of membership: the active (full) member, the associate member, and the contributing member.
Active (full) members
Active (full) members are those who are directly involved in ministering to people who live with a mental illness through participation in a mental health ministry team or who participate in other mental health ministries focused on serving people living with a mental illness, such Catholic Social Services or a Mental Health Commission. An active (full) member belongs to the Catholic Church. Only active (full) members hold office in the organization.
Associate members include those who are committed to the mission of the ACMHM but may or may not belong to the Catholic Church and may or may not participate on a mental health ministry team or engage in the works of the ACMHM on a regular basis. Examples of an associate member are members of religious communities or pastors or leaders in other non-Catholic faith communities who engage directly in some facet of mental health ministry.
Contributing members are those who regularly or in a substantial way provide in-kind or financial support but who do not engage directly in mental health ministry. These members also are invited to the ACMHM conferences, training programs and other activities.
Aims of the ACMHM
The ACMHM works to make mental health ministry an integral ministry in the Church that is available in every Catholic parish and community throughout the world by serving:
People living with a mental illness - We provide spiritual support to people living with a mental illness to assist them to live in holiness.
Families - We provide spiritual support and comfort in their efforts to care for and help their loved ones.
Clergy and Ministers - We provide tools, methods and insights that allow them to confidently minister to people with a mental illness without fear or prejudice.
The Church - We witness to a strong and authentic communion with the pope and the local bishop and will operate and participate in the Church’s apostolic goals.
Members of the ACMHM do not provide diagnosis, counseling, treatment, medical assistance or behavioral health support.