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Introducing Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health


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Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health


Do you feel stressed out, anxious, or depressed? Are you afraid to talk with a professional because you’re worried that someone will find out and think less of you? What steps can you take to regain a sense of balance and peace?

Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health has some answers to your questions and concerns.

Katie Prejean McGrady and a team of experts including Leah Darrow, Roy Petitfils, Fr. Joshua Whitfield, Allison Ricciardi, LMHC, Deacon Ed Shoener, Tommy Tighe, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, S.O.L.T., and Scott Weeman will help you explore a variety of mental health issues such as addiction and recovery, forgiveness, grief, practicing mindfulness, therapy, and spiritual direction. You’ll learn why it’s important to take care of your mental health and what you can do to get back on track. Plus, we’ll offer a variety of practical resources where you can find out more.


Click the button below to view a list of resources that offer support and additional information on stress, anxiety, and mental health. This is not an exhaustive list. Please ask your doctor or search online for additional resources related to your concern.



Week 1: Let's Talk About Mental Health

This week Katie Prejean McGrady explains why we’re talking about mental health issues, Rev. Joshua Whitfield explores the differences between spiritual direction and therapy, and Robert J. Wicks, a clinical psychologist, writes about the benefits of taking time alone. In this week’s video, Roy Petitfils, a licensed professional counselor, addresses how talking about stress, anxiety, and mental health can help us become healthier. On the Ave Explores podcast, Gary Zimak, a Catholic speaker, author, and “worry expert,” provides insight on balancing your life during stressful times and how to incorporate prayer into your routine.



Week 2: Understanding Anxiety, Depression, and Mental Health

If we can talk about our mental health issues, the next step is to seek help. In Week 2 of Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health, Deacon Ed Shoener explores the Catholic understanding of suicide through the story of the loss of his daughter; licensed mental health counselor Allison Ricciardi writes about how you can conquer anxiety in a healthy and holy way; and Roy Petitfils joins Katie Prejean McGrady on the Ave Explores podcast to talk about crises teenagers face today. Our video this week is from Fr. Rob Galea, a popular international Catholic musician, speaker, and author, who shares his story about thriving in the midst of his own depression.




The contents of Ave Explores, such as text, graphics, images, and other material are for informational purposes only. The content is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of your mental health professional or other qualified health provider with any questions you may have regarding your condition. 

If you are in crisis or you think you may have an emergency, call your doctor or 911 immediately. If you're having suicidal thoughts, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to talk to a skilled, trained counselor at a crisis center in your area at any time (National Suicide Prevention Lifeline). If you are located outside the United States, call your local emergency line immediately.