NAMI FaithNet - An Information Resource for Faith Communities, NAMI Members and Community Partners
Faith and spirituality are essential elements of healing and recovery from any serious medical illness, including mental illness.
Sixty percent of people in emotional distress turn first to their clergy for help and counseling. Yet many clergy feel ill-equipped to provide appropriate support and referrals to persons living with mental illness.
At the same time, social prejudice and shame associated with mental illness often prevent others from reaching out to their faith leaders and worship community.
Education about mental illness is the key to replacing ignorance and fear with compassion and understanding. Through education, congregations can offer caring, understanding and support that promote healing and recovery.
What is NAMI FaithNet?
NAMI FaithNet is an information resource for NAMI members, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions working together to create welcoming and supportive faith communities for individuals and families living with mental illness.
NAMI FaithNet provides a wide variety of resources, including an e-newsletter, articles, referrals, handouts and other Web pages at www.nami.org/faithnet.
How Your Faith Community Can Help:
- Use NAMI and NAMI FaithNet resources to help you provide educational materials about mental illness.
- Invite local NAMI members and others to share their stories.
- Train persons in your congregations to provide caring support to persons with a mental illness and their families through prayer, hospital and home visits, support groups and inclusion in worship and other social activities.
- Work with your local NAMI affiliate to learn what treatment and recovery services, programs and supports are available in your community.
Go to NAMI.org/faithnet to learn more.