A Light in the Darkness

The Covid health crisis has brought many challenges, not least of all rises in anxiety, depression, and substance abuse caused by isolation and the constant stress of living through a pandemic. Although some cases require the intervention of trained mental health professionals, Catholic parishes, schools, and communities can play an important role in supporting people in the midst of these challenges, especially as concerns the spiritual dimension of suffering.

This event brought together three expert panelists – clinical therapist Danielle Heitmann, addiction counselor Keaton Douglas, and catechetical leader Dr. Patrick Manning. The panelists, speaking from a faith perspective, will share insights into the challenges faced by Catholics during Covid as well as practical resources and strategies for dealing with anxiety, depression, addiction, and suicidal ideation in the context of Catholic schools and parishes.

Resources from our Presenters & Contact Information

Keaton Douglas
Executive Director
I THIRST Initiative
Missionary Servants of the Most Holy Trinity
973-370 – DRUG (3784)
973-224-6265  cell

Danielle Heitmann, LCSW, MSW, MA
Confidential Voicemail for Danielle Heitmann, MA, MSW, LCSW: 908-363-5535 ext. 112
Restore the Glory (podcast)
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Rejoice Counseling’s Webinar on SPICES (self-care)
Reform Wellness

Patrick Manning, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Pastoral Theology
Chair of Department of Pastoral Theology
Immaculate Conception Seminary School of Theology
Seton Hall University

Fr. Timothy Graff
Archdiocese of Newark
Secretary of Parish Mission and Vitality
Director of Social Concerns Office
Director of Multi-Cultural Affairs

Some additional Resources For You

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) maintains a large resoure website with links for Mental Health Resources of
-Mental Health/ Well Being
-Stress, Anxiety, Depression
-Suicide Prevention
-Cutting/ Self Injury
-Substance Abuse
You can Access the Mental Health Website on NFCYM’s website by clicking here

Additional Questions?

If you have additional questions please feel free to contact:
Rich Donvovan
Associate Director, Office for Youth & Young Adult Ministry
Richard.Donovan@rcan.org or at 201-998-0088 x 4150

Joanne DePasquale-Parent
Associate Director, Catechetical Office
Joanne.DePasquale-Parent@rcan.org or at 973-497-4288