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

Top 20 Most-Read Christianity Articles of 2014

Dec 30, 2014

World Vision's reversal, Kay Warren on son's suicide, 33 Christian leaders under 33, and more.

Kay Warren Remembers Son Matthew on 'Survivors of Suicide Loss Day,' Says 'There Is Hope'

Nov 24, 2014

Kay Warren commemorated her late son Matthew on International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day and encouraged others by noting that while suicide rate is high in the United States, there is hope because suicide is preventable.

Mental Illness, the Church, and a Helpful Resource

Nov 7, 2014

When it comes to mental illness and the church, Religion Link is a great resource to explore for more information.

Kay Warren Interview: '24 Hours of Hope' Broadcast on World Mental Health Day, Impact of Son's Suicide on the Church Community, and Stigma of Mental Illness

Oct 10, 2014

CP interview Kay Warren about how the suicide of their son, Matthew, who struggled with mental illness, has impacted the church.