Today is the feast of Saint Dymphna. Her mother died when Dymphna was a teenager. Her father, Damon, wanted her to marry him. She refused and fled to Belgium. He pursued her and killed the elderly priest she was traveling with. When she still refused his advances, he killed her as well.
She is the patron saint of those with mental illness as well as mental health caregivers and mental health professionals.
There is a beautiful full page of prayers to Saint Dymphna on the 2 Hearts Network. Below are 2 of them.
Prayer to Saint Dymphna
O God, we humbly beseech You through Your servant, St. Dymphna, who sealed with her blood the love she bore You, to grant relief to those who suffer from mental afflictions and nervous disorders, especially (Name).
St. Dymphna, helper of the mentally afflicted, pray for us.
Glory be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit. As it was in the beginning, is now and ever shall be. World without end.
For Those Who Suffer with Alzheimer's Disease
We turn to you, dear St. Dymphna, in confident hope that you will remember our special intention in the Presence of the Lord our God. To your caring intercession, we entrust those who suffer from Alzheimer's disease, their families and friends, and all others who are seriously concerned about this disabling sickness so widespread in our time.
As patron of the nervous and emotionally disturbed, you are graciously channeling God's healing power even to the seemingly hopeless cases. We believe that you will show the same compassion to persons afflicted with Alzheimer's disease. Please pray with us that the medical teams involved in research may soon discover its cause and cure.
Dear St. Dymphna, now in heaven with God where there is "...no more death, no more grief or crying or pain.." (Rev. 21:4), you are our sign and beacon of hope. Be our direct channel to Jesus, the Divine Physician, and Healer of the Sick. With you, His faithful follower, we give thanks for all those who will regain health and wholeness in body, mind, and spirit.