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

Rick Warren: Caring for the Mental Health of O.C. Children

Oct 9, 2014

More than 450 million men, women and children around the world live with mental illness. In the U.S. alone, 60 million people will struggle with a mental health crisis this year. Our mental health services are severely inadequate and have reached...

Mental Illness Remains Taboo Topic for Many Pastors

Sep 22, 2014

A quarter of pastors are reluctant to help those who suffer from acute mental illness because it takes too much time according to a recent study.

Kay Warren on Depression, Grief and Hope

May 14, 2014

Choosing joy "even if my worst nightmare came true."

Warrens Help Others One Year After Son's Suicide

Apr 15, 2014

On the first anniversary of their son's suicide, Saddleback Church founders Rick and Kay Warren are using the painful experience to uplift others, incorporating Facebook, YouTube, a mental health seminar and worship services scheduled at...