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St. Dymphna’s Playbook A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental and Emotional Well-Being

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St. Dymphna’s Playbook
A Catholic Guide to Finding Mental and Emotional Well-Being
$13.46 - $15.79

Are you or someone you love struggling with depression, anxiety, grief, or other mental health concerns?

Tommy Tighe, a licensed marriage and family therapist, wants to help you take steps toward reaching and maintaining mental and emotional well-being, not only through self-care, healthy coping mechanisms, and professional intervention but also through prayer, scripture, and developing a relationship with the saints. St. Dymphna’s Playbook combines a therapeutic approach with the deep wells of Catholic faith and spiritual practice, exploring paths toward hope, healing, and wellness.

Born out of Tighe’s podcast of the same name, St. Dymphna’s Playbook provides a practical, ready-made game plan for moving toward wellness. It offers concrete explanations of a wide scope of mental health concerns and symptoms related to depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and grief, as well as the common emotions and situations that allow them to grow—including fear, social anxiety, isolation, loss, and unhealthy relationships. Tighe shares best practices for understanding and beginning to address each concern and offers a uniquely Catholic understanding, diving into relevant scriptures and introducing us to a Catholic saint or holy person who lived with the same issue—including St. Dymphna, patron of those with mental disorders.

Whatever your concern or struggle, you are not alone. The witness of scripture and the saints reminds us of the community we already have as we begin working toward mental well-being.

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Format: Paperback book
Product code: AM800889
Dimensions: 5½" x 8½"
Length: 224 pages
Ave Maria Press
ISBN: 9781646800889
1-2 copies $15.79 each
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Written by Tommy Tighe


“Very few people can speak with authority about the interplay between traditional mental health treatment and the healing power of the divine, but Tommy Tighe does so in St. Dymphna’s Playbook with compassion, vulnerability, and wisdom. If, like me, you have ever struggled with depression, anxiety, or any other mental health disorder, this is the guide for which you’ve been waiting. This beautiful gift of a book will transform a great many lives.”
Hallie Lord, Author of Falling Home
“An essential read that illuminates common experiences around depression, anxiety, trauma, relationships, and grief. It's accessible, easy to comprehend, and a great gift to our Church, full of practical tools and abundant in hope.”
Scott Weeman, Founder and executive director of Catholic in Recovery
“There are valuable insights in St. Dymphna’s Playbook to help Catholic leaders minister to people living with mental health challenges and illnesses. In addition to professional guidance, this book also shows how the saints—many of whom lived with mental illnesses themselves—can guide you in your ministry.”
Deacon Ed Shoener, President of the Association of Catholic Mental Health Minister
“If you experience mental health symptoms or love someone who does, you will find Tommy Tighe’s book moving and helpful. He provides hopeful, practical tools to utilize immediately and blends wisdom from saints, scripture, and clinical experience into the perfect mix of relatability and sound psychological advice. I will be recommending St. Dymphna’s Playbook to many people.”
Regina Boyd, Catholic mental health professional and host of the podcast Connecting Out Loud


Tommy Tighe is a Catholic husband and father of four boys living in the San Francisco Bay area, where he works as a marriage and family therapist.

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