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Mental Health Ministries



Contact: Doug or Barbie Beach (  / 210-602-5733)

First Presbyterian Church has a heart for those who suffer from mental illness and for those who provide comfort and care for them. The mission of FPC Mental Health Ministries is to: (1) provide educational resources to help erase the stigma of mental illness in our community; (2) help FPC become a caring congregation for persons living with a mental illness and their families; and (3) to help encourage those affected by mental illness to call upon their faith for strength and healing. Mental Health Ministries also collaborates with other churches, advocacy groups, community organizations and mental health professionals to lift up the importance of using a person’s faith and spirituality as part of the overall treatment and recovery process. FPC is offering the following opportunities for families and individual’s impacted by mental illness. There are classes and groups to help learn about mental illness and how to use our faith, community resources and our peers to cope with and manage the illness.

FPC NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Family-to-Family Course
Room 302
Tuesdays 6:30 – 9:00 PM

NAMI Family-to-Family (FTF) is a free 12-week education program for families, partners and friends of individuals with severe mental illnesses. This series of weekly classes is structured to help caregivers understand and support individuals with serious mental illnesses while maintaining their own well-being. The course is taught by trained family members who know what it’s like to have a loved one struggling with one of these brain disorders. The curriculum focuses on schizophrenia, bipolar disorder (manic depression), clinical depression, panic disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD).

Contact Doug or Barbie Beach for more information 210-602-2055 or
Call the NAMI San Antonio office to register 210-734-3349.


FPC NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Peer-to-Peer Course
Room 308
Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 PM

NAMI Peer to Peer (P2P) is a free 10-week education program for people living with severe mental illnesses. This series of weekly classes is structured to provide practical tools to help move toward living a life of recovery, managing the illness, dealing with the everyday issues of medication, employment, housing, treatment and therapy. Trained peer instructors living with a mental illness teach the course.

Contact Doug or Barbie Beach for more information 210-602-2055 or
Call the NAMI San Antonio office to register 210-734-3349.


FPC NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Basics Course

Room 301
Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 PM

NAMI Basics is a free, six session course for parents and  primary caregivers of children and adolescents living with mental  illness.  NAMI Basics is taught by trained teachers who are either a  parent or  caregiver who have lived similar experiences with their own children. NAMI Basics provides learning and practical insights for families. Each class session is 2 ½ hours and classes are held weekly. All instruction materials are FREE to participants.

Contact Doug or Barbie Beach for more information 210-602-2055 or
Call the NAMI San Antonio office to register 210-734-3349.


FPC NAMI Support Groups for Mental Health
Room 300
First and third Tuesdays 6:30-9:00 PM

Contact Doug or Barbie Beach for more information 210-602-5733 or


MENTAL HEALTH affects thought processes, relationships, productivity and the ability to adapt to changes in circumstances or cope with adversity. So does MENTAL ILLNESS.

Mental illness can be defined as a disorder of the brain resulting in the disruption of a person’s thoughts, feelings, moods, and ability to relate to others that is severe enough to require treatment or intervention.


One in four families has at least one member with a mental health disorder.

One half of all chronic mental illness begins by age 14; three quarters by age 24.

Approximately 60 percent of adults and almost one-half of youth ages 8-15 with a mental illness received no mental health services in the previous year. Long delays—sometimes decades long—often occur between the time symptoms first appear and when people get help.

Stigma is the number one reason people living with a mental illness do not seek help.

Individuals experiencing psychological distress are more likely to seek help from clergy before any other professional group.

Individuals with significant psychological distress often seek assistance from the church or from a friend for issues that are the result of their disorder unaware that they even have a disorder (e.g., relationship problems, parenting issues and financial troubles).

Approximately 80 percent of people suffering from a mental illness can experience recovery and lead productive lives with some combination of treatment, therapy and support.


Educate ourselves about mental illness and eliminate the stigma.

When someone shares they are struggling with mental health issues, either for themselves or for a family member, listen with compassion and without judgement.

Refer families and individuals dealing with mental health issues to available resources listed on the other side of this insert.

Pray for families and individuals who deal with mental illness. Extend ourselves by asking how they are doing, sending a note or making a phone call.


FPC website

Counseling Assistance Medical Diagnosis/Psychiatry Legal Help
(Contact Rev. Scott Simpson/FPC Pastoral Care at

NAMI San Antonio:
Improving the quality of life for all people affected by mental illness by providing support, education, referral sources.

  1. Educational Classes (free)
  2. About Mental Illness
  3. Recovery
  4. What to do in Crisis
  5. List of resources

NAMI  (National Alliance on Mental Illness)

Suicide Hotline:
(800)273-TALK or (800) SUICIDE

MHU app (free):

  1. Mental Health and You.
  2. Signs and Symptoms
  3. Community Resources

Clarity Child Guidance Center:
Healing Young Minds and Hearts.

  1. Evaluation and Treatment for children and adolescents

Mental Health Grace Alliance:
There is Hope.

  1. Mental Recovery and Mental Wellness
  2. Community Life and Community Impact
  3. Restorative Compassion and Restorative Care


  1. Family Endeavor (
  2. San Antonio Housing Authority (

The San Antonio Clubhouse:
Recovering Lives. Living, learning and working in a community of mutual support.

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