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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Articles & Media

After the Death of Her Son, Kay Warren Says Easter Gives Her Hope Again

Mar 1, 2016

Kay Warren opens her heart about the pain of her son's suicide, and the new sense of beauty she finds in the Easter story.

Kay Warren on Grief, and Facing Mental Illness

Nov 16, 2015

Out of the darkness of their personal journey through grief, Rick and Kay Warren emerged to help focus the church’s attention on the stigmas surrounding mental illness.

Fixing Our System: Takeaways From The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

Oct 19, 2015

“Mental health could be the Civil Rights Movement of the next decade,” said Pastor Rick Warren of Saddleback Church.

The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church

Aug 17, 2015

I do believe that one of the great legacies of the Warrens will be how God used their pain, and they allowed God to do so, to help churches deal with mental health issues.