South Church Mental Health

At South Church, we know that mental health is an important part of overall wellness. As Christians, we are called to care for ourselves and all people as reflections of the Divine image, and this is one important way that we follow that call.

Mental Health Caregivers
A confidential space of sharing, support and compassion for parents and guardians of children and adults struggling with mental illness. To join the confidential mailing list, click here to contact Pastor Genna.

  • Every 3rd Sunday of the month
  • on Zoom

Concern Carriers
This group focuses on sharing the cares and worries that come with the work of caretaking for loved ones. This is a group for the ones who “only” buying groceries, attending appointments, organizing finances for a loved one.

  • Every 2nd Sunday of the month
  • In-person and on Zoom

A supportive community of parents and guardians of trans, nonbinary, and gender nonconforming kids. For more information, click here to contact Pastor Genna.

Our ministers provide trained pastoral care and counseling to congregants as needed. Pastoral care typically revolves around important transitional moments in life such as baptism, graduation, marriage, the birth of a child, or the death of a loved one.

Our ministers also love talking with people about what they believe and helping people to wrestle with the Bible and with the major questions of Christianity.

Pastoral Counseling is not a replacement for therapy, and is typically only available for a limited number of times for a particular situation.

This group is designed for those who, drawn by a fascination with the healing miracles of Jesus, practice yoga, Reiki, or other alternative forms of healing and wholeness. For more information, click here to contact Cathy.

Following our call to advocate for the needs of all, our church participates in advocacy and social justice work to support access and equity in the field of mental health.

Recent events include a Mental Health Panel, featuring experts and service providers from the Merrimack Valley, and a Resource Fair where people could access information about local providers and resources.

For you or a loved one:

  • National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline: dial 988. For more information, visit:
  • Crisis Text Line – Text HELLO to 741-741 for free, 24-hour support
  • National Domestic Violence Hotline – Call 800-799-SAFE (7233) Trained expert advocates are available 24/7 to provide confidential support to anyone experiencing domestic violence or seeking resources and information. Help is available in Spanish and other languages.
  • For non-emergencies, call the NAMI HelpLine for assistance with connecting to local mental health resources for ongoing care. The HelpLine is staffed Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. – 10 p.m., ET. Call 1-800-950-NAMI (6264), text “HelpLine” to 62640 or email [email protected]