One in five of us in any given year suffers from depression, anxiety, or some other mental health disorder. That means, in each of our families, we all care for someone who faces this pain. The problem doesn’t go away just because we have faith.

While it can’t take the place of medical professionals, the church can offer something unique, and that is hope. There is hope in knowing that you are not alone, you are valued, and you are loved.

The role of the our ministry:

Raise awareness.

Through the sharing of information and statistics, we hope to raise awareness of mental health issues. Click for statistics.

Remove the stigma.

Mental illness is just that – an illness. We hope to reduce the stigma about mental illness by having open and honest dialogue about mental health and by offering education and training. Your response can make all the difference. Click for training opportunities. 

Share resources.

We want to collaborate with the community so that we can point you to helpful resources when you need them. Click for community resources.

Offer hope.

God calls us into lives of meaning and purpose and joy. There is hope in knowing that God has a plan for you and you are not alone. Click for the HOPE video and audio library.

We pray that you will find what you need here — the friendship, the love, the removal of stigma, the practical help, the hope that you need.

Romans 15:13 – May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. 

Contact Us!

Not sure who to talk to or where to look for help?                                      

Email hope4mh@goodshepherd-naperville.org

A Trained Professional will reply within 48 hours and will help connect you to counselors & services.






Training Opportunities

Hope Training

90 minutes

Mental health issues affect one in five American adults in any given year, yet so few of us have a good understanding of mental health. These courses, led by a mental health professional, will give you an overview of mental health conditions so that you can recognize the symptoms, learn about treatment options, and challenge some of the stereotypes that often hinder help. Your response can make all the difference. 

There is HOPE for mental health:

Help remove the stigma

Outline common conditions

Promote open communication

Encourage empathy 


Mental Health First Aid Course

8 Hours (CEUs available)

Mental Health First Aid is an 8-hour course that teaches you how to help someone who may be experiencing a mental health or substance use challenge. The training helps you identify, understand and respond to signs of addictions and mental illnesses. For more information on the Mental Health First Aid course, click here. REGISTRATION: UPCOMING SCHEDULED TRAINING EVENTS WILL BE LISTED HERE WHEN DETAILS ARE AVAILABLE.
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Chapel Night First Monday of Every Month

Chapel Night is a time for Purposeful Silence, Reflection and Intentional Prayer. On the First Monday of every month, the Sanctuary will be open from 5pm to 8pm for a chapel-like experience. This is an opportunity to have a new experience at Good Shepherd, for you to know there is a designated place and time that you can be alone with God and connect through prayer and personal reflection without being guided or prompted.

The idea for Chapel Night grew from Good Shepherd’s first Core Value, “Prayer is Intentional”. First Monday signifies the first day of the week and the first week of the month. With intended simplicity, you will find the Sanctuary lights dim and there will be no music or message. Candles and Prayer Cards will be available as an interactive prayer aspect of the night. Light a candle for yourself or a loved one. Write a prayer request or praise and it will be lifted up and prayed over. This is an invitation for ALL, to come as you are, stay as long as you like, and be still in God’s presence

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction and faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

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Crisis Intervention
If you or someone you know is in crisis right now, please call 911 and ask for a “CIT officer.” They are specially-trained in crisis intervention. If you or someone you know is considering self-harm, please contact the Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255), chat online at www.IMALIVE.org or text “REACH” to 741741.
These resources are available in the community to those in need of care and support. Although Good Shepherd is not affiliated with these organizations, these resources are available to equip people with information in times of crisis.
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Anonymous Screenings External Resources
Assess your risk for depression, anxiety or addiction. These assessments are available for a quick, free, and anonymous analysis of your mental health. Good Shepherd is not affiliated in any way with these assessments, nor do we provide treatment for disorders. We merely offer these assessments to you so that you can understand your risk and pursue next steps. Links for Anonymous Screening  
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