May 10, 2006
"This is an important step forward" said NAMI executive director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "Strategically, it reinforces a national grassroots network that is being built from the ground up."
"It also formalizes NAMI's
In addition to the Web site, NAMI's national office is assuming responsibility for the network's electronic newsletter which has a circulation of approximately 1,500 clergy and lay leaders around the country.
FaithNet was founded by Gunnar Christiansen, M.D., of NAMI California, who has published the newsletter since 1998. "We are indebted to Gunnar and his vision," Fitzpatrick said. "We intend to grow the network that he has planted."
"NAMI needs the faith
"With God's help, anything is possible. NAMI's willingness to expand FaithNet at the national level is the answer to my prayers."
The FaithNet Web site includes resources for:
FaithNet activities at NAMI's national convention in Washington, D.C., June 28-July 2, 2006 will include a workshop on "Mental Illness as a Spiritual Journey" presented by Reverend Susan Gregg -Schroeder, coordinator of Mental Health Ministries, an ecumenical, interfaith outreach program through the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church.
For more NAMI convention information, please visit www.nami.org/convention. Discounted early registration rates are available through May 30, 2006.