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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2008
Welcome to the November issue of NAMI FaithNet Newsletter. As Veterans Day approaches, we ask you to stand with us as we honor all those who have served or currently serve our country.
If you wish, you may make a gift in tribute to a veteran or loved one by adding your tribute to NAMI's Veterans Tribute Honor Roll.
Additional resources for veterans can be found in the NAMI Veterans Resource Center.
In this issue:
Veterans Day and PTSD ads from Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries has created a Veterans Day and PTSD ad in English and in Spanish. The ad includes helpful tips for faith communities to help our veterans here and abroad and their families.
HEALTH CARE: Using the Spirit to Heal the Mind
Silvia Sorensen, a researcher in the University of Rochester's Department of Psychiatry, developed a seminar in conjunction with the city's African-American faith community to help provide ministers, pastors, and lay counselors with the counseling tools they need to help the city's underserved African-American and Hispanic communities. Read more . . .
Spiritual Care as Important as Physical Care
In Butler County, Ohio, mental health providers are now beginning to integrate faith into the treatment of mental illnesses. At the Lindner Center for Hope, patients who are spiritual are able to receive care targeted to their particular faith, said psychologist Brett Dowdy, Psy.D.
"I think people are really searching for something authentic," he said. "This is the first agency that's given me permission to integrate faith openly. We send this message that we value your spirit life and your wholeness. We give people this whole range of healing." Read more . . .
Faith is Rewarded
Robin Reilly runs her non-profit Faith Advocacy Impacting the Homeless (FAITH Foundation) in Hackensack, N.J., in partnership with First Reformed Church, the Church on the Green. The partnership will allow the daytime operation of a help center three days a week. Read more . . .