CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) – May is Mental Health Awareness Month and some local churches are answering the call. About 25 churches have teamed up with Monarch to help people in the pews. Monarch is a company that specializes in behavioral services.
St. Gabriel’s Catholic Church set up a Mental Health and Wellness Ministry to help parishioners. Nikki Warren is in charge. She says she got involved after she found her brother was dealing with a mental illness she didn’t know about. He ended up committing suicide in 2014.
“Here you look at someone that has everything going for them,” St. Gabriel’s Health and Wellness Ministry Coordinator Nikki Warren said. “But deep down he was suffering from depression and that is what ultimately took his life. We know he didn’t want to die – he wanted to end the pain – this pain he had been hiding and suffering with for numerous years that we did not know about.”