Ave Explores Series | Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health Series

There’s little doubt that you or someone you know has experienced stress, anxiety, or a mental health concern at some point. In fact, studies predict that almost half of all adults in the United States will experience a mental illness during their lives. Ave Explores: Stress, Anxiety, and Mental Health wants to help you think and talk more about your mental health and to look at how faith factors into it.

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. 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.


Podcast with Gary Zimak

Catholic author, speaker, and “worry expert” Gary Zimak and Katie Prejean McGrady will discuss balance during stressful times and making prayer part of your routine.



Why Mental Health?

Katie Prejean McGrady writes about why talking about your mental health is important.

Alone Time in a Stressful World

Clinical psychologist and Catholic author Robert J. Wicks writes about the importance of regular alone time to mental health.

Spiritual Direction vs. Therapy

Fr. Joshua Whitfield looks at the important differences between spiritual direction versus therapy/counseling and how they can work together to improve mental health.

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.

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