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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2010
Welcome to the January issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
A New Year Key for Success: Collaboration
Learn how a NAMI affiliate, faith communities, the public mental health care system and others are joining forces to raise mental health awareness and break down barriers to treatment in Virginia.
Commit to Good Mental Health in 2010
The Dallas Morning News offers timely tips for fighting depression this winter and committing to year-round wellness today.
Religion Often too Crucial to Ignore in Therapy
A recent article in Psychiatric News suggests that while mental health providers may feel uncomfortable discussing spirituality with patients, addressing the religious dimensions that are important to some people living with mental illness may help patients in their treatment and recovery.
NAMI Advocate Helps Family in Need
A young NAMI Collier County advocate reflects on leading a NAMIWalks team to help raise money for a family in need.
New Resource from Mental Health Ministries Available
Mental Illness and Families of Faith: The Challenge and the Vision, How Congregations Can Respond is a free guide for clergy and communities of faith.
This tool is designed to be used with clergy, members of congregations, family members and anyone who wants to learn more about mental illness and how to respond with compassion and care.
This resource is divided into four sections: Understanding Mental Illness, The Unique Role of Faith Communities, Creating Caring Congregations and Help for Faith Leaders.
Download the guide at no cost here.