Mental Health in the Church and the Face of Mercy — with Micole Amalu
Season 4, Episode 21 | Originally aired on May 10, 2022
“There’s something they have to offer from the struggles and the shape of their lives that the Church needs.” During her time as a campus missionary, Micole Amalu found herself journeying with students who struggled with their mental health, and helped them in their journey of healing. These experiences as well as her own journey led her to start The Face of Mercy, a nonprofit organization that aims to help provide mental health advocacy and education in the Church. In this episode, Micole and I talk about the experiences that helped her see this need, how The Face of Mercy carries out this mission, and what we as a Church can do to support others struggling with their mental health.
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Meet Micole Amalu
Micole Amalu is the founder and director of The Face of Mercy, a non-profit dedicated to mental health advocacy and education in the Church. This mission brings together her own struggles with mental illness, an educational background in psychology, and her passion for helping the Church love better! Her big, audacious goal in this work is to create psychoeducational trainings that become the standard for every parish and lay ministry, so that every church community is equipped to welcome and support those living with mental illness. She is passionate about authentic community, and loves hosting Sunday dinners with her husband in Virginia to facilitate that. Her favorite things include re-watching tv shows, fuzzy blankets, bourbon, and her puppy Genesis.
The Face of Mercy website: thefaceofmercy.org
Micole mentioned the book I Believe in Love by Fr. Jean D'Elbee
Micole also mentioned Brene Brown in this episode. Check out this TED Talk from Brene Brown, "Listening to Shame".
Crisis Services Canada: Help is available 24/7/365 by calling 1.833.456.4566
USA National Suicide Prevention Hotline: Help is available 24/7 by calling 800-273-TALK (8255)
The Catholic Trojan Podcast: I had a chance to talk about mental health in the Church on this podcast interview.
Check out some of the other The Feminine Genius Podcast episodes that touch on mental health, including: