The Feast of St. Dymphna

May 15th, The Feast of

St. Dymphna

The Toledo Diocese, with the Catholic Psychotherapy Association, is highlighting the feast of St. Dymphna to raise mental health awareness in the Church and offer Catholic mental health resources.

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  • About St. Dymphna
  • Recommended Catholic Mental Health Professionals
  • Mental Health Resources
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The Patroness of Those Suffering with Mental Afflictions and Mental Health Professionals

Who is St. Dymphna?

St. Dymphna was born in Ireland during the 7th century, she was the daughter of a pagan Irish king and a Christian mother. Dymphna's life took a tragic turn when her mother passed away, triggering her father's descent into madness. In his grief-stricken state, her father demanded that she become his queen. Dymphna fled to what is now Belgium. Despite her efforts to escape, her father's pursuit ended in tragedy when he located her and beheaded her in punishment. Dymphna courageously faced martyrdom, becoming a symbol of hope and resilience for those grappling with mental anguish.

May 15th, The Feast of

St. Dymphna

"Mental health challenges are not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith. We must foster a culture of openness and support, where individuals feel safe to seek help and receive [..] care." Pope Francis