People with mental illness feel left out in many settings, the church being one such place. Yes, stigma is everywhere. It's not that the faith community dislike people with mental illness. Simply, they don't know what to say or how to help. Avoidance results. Acceptance of mental illness as being disorder in the brain takes education. NAMI has educational programs and brochures to take to faith leaders and congregations that are very helpful in thwarting stigma and promoting recovery. www.nami.org/faithnet is such a great resource and we urge NAMI members, mental health providers, and community stakeholders to contact NAMI Rome to deliver a presentation to area churches and synagogues.
March 28, 2014
Calling The Church To Action
Studies show that one out of every four adults in America will be affected by mental illness at some point in their lives. The first place many go for help is to their priest or to their pastor because the heart of Jesus and the Church has always been for those who suffer.
You are invited to The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, a one-day event designed to encourage individuals living with mental illness, educate family members, and equip church leaders to provide effective and compassionate care to any faced with the challenges of mental illness.
Join Pastor Rick and Kay Warren of Saddleback Church, Bishop Kevin Vann of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange, and NAMI-OC (National Alliance on Mental Illness-Orange County), and other faith and community leaders on Friday, March 28 for a hope-filled and inspiring event, as together we call the Church to action on behalf of those living with mental illness, equip lay and pastoral leadership, and stand side-by-side with those who suffer.
Register NowPer Person $20
Friday, March 28
8:30 AM to 9 PM
1 Saddleback Parkway
Lake Forest, CA 92630
CHURCHES DO WANT TO RAISE AWARENESS OF MENTAL ILLNESS. YOU MAY BE THE CATALYST IN YOUR CONGREGATION. READ THE FOLLOWING SAMPLE BULLETIN INSERT. DOWNLOAD THE BULLETIN (SCROLL DOWN TO THE BOTTOM OF THIS PAGE), GIVE A COPY TO THE LEADERS OF YOUR CONGREGATION, ASK TO INSERT IT ON THE WEBSITE, NEWSLETTER, OR ANY OTHER TYPE OF MEDIA.
Who Is My Neighbor?
May is Mental Health Month and it’s time for us to recognize that mental illnesses affects one in four families, including those who worship with us. Mental illness is a brain disorder and requires professional treatment, education and support to achieve recovery. As with any illness, we acknowledge that fairth alone does not prevent it, regardless of how strong our faith may be. We answer God's call when we show love, compassion and respect for those struggling with mental illness and their families
One way to answer this call is by partnering with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI). NAMI is America's largest grassroots' mental health organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and famiulies affected by mental illness
Mental illness affects one in four families, including those who worship with us. Mental illness is a brain disorder and requires professional treatment, education and support to achieve recovery. As with any illness, we acknowledge that faith alone does not prevent it, regardless of how strong our faith may be. We answer God's call when we show love, compassion and respect for those struggling with mental illness and their families. NAMI Rome is your local resource and provides education classes and support groups for both individuals with a mental illness and their family members and caregivers. You can get more information by calling the NAMI Rome Info. Line: 706-506-5010 or visiting www.namiromega.org.
Southern Baptist Resolution on Mental Health, June 2013
Mental Health Month Bulletin (PDF File)