Mental Health

It is difficult to imagine that 50% of adults will experience mental illness in their lifetime. The commitment of Saddleback Church to people living with mental illness greatly increased on April 5, 2013 when Pastor Rick and Kay’s youngest son, Matthew, took his life after a lifelong struggle with mental illness. In the midst of the devastating loss of Matthew, Pastor Rick and Kay along with the Saddleback community, have united together to journey alongside people living with mental illness and their families in a holistic way. 


Mental illness is real, common, and treatable. Click on the words below to find practical resources including videos, support groups, statistics, tools, downloads, and shareables. You are not alone and there is hope for mental health.



*The information contained on this website is drawn from a variety of sources about mental illness; however it is not a comprehensive study and the information is not intended to be used as a diagnostic tool.  Through this website you are able to link to other websites - each website is independently operated and is responsible for the information contained on their site.  We cannot endorse everything contained on the individual sites, but we hope the information will be useful.

Mental Health First Aid

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to identify, understand, and respond to signs of mental illnesses and substance use disorders. The training gives you the skills you need to reach out and provide initial help and support to someone who may be developing a mental health or substance use problem or experiencing a crisis.



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Kay's Blog | Sitting on the Edge of Hell

In the last 5 years, hundreds of people have asked me how to help their loved one – particularly an adolescent or young adult child – who is living with severe mental illness and/or substance use disorder...

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Articles & Media

Most Influential 2016: Kay Warren Channeled Her Grief into a Drive to Help Those with Mental Illness

Dec 23, 2016

Role: Advocate for mental health awareness and outreach. Bio: When Kay Warren’s son Matthew Warren ended his life by handgun on April 5, 2013, it was the hardest day of her life. Warren and her husband, Rick Warren...

Statement by Dr. Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church Regarding the Senate Passing of The 21st Century Cures Act

Dec 8, 2016

Dr. Rick and Kay Warren, co-founders of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, California, today made the following statement regarding the Senate's passing of The 21st Century Cures Act: "Mental health is a deeply personal...

Rick Warren on World Mental Health Day: Without Jesus, Family Never Would Have Made It Through Son's Suicide

Oct 10, 2016

Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church in California spoke about the "absolute worst day" of his life when his son, Matthew, died by suicide on April 5, 2013, and emphasized that without the hope of Jesus Christ, he and his wife, Kay, would...

CHOC Starts Work on Youth Psychiatric Unit

Sep 17, 2016

Children’s Hospital of Orange County broke ground Friday on an 18-bed psychiatric unit for patients ages 3 to 18 that will open in 2018. In explaining the need, CHOC officials say 1 in 5 children will experience a diagnosable mental health...