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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter Archive

2014

DECEMBER

What Makes a Good Companion?
Learning how to set boundaries, how to listen and what to say are all important parts of a good companion.

Who is Upstream Pushing Them In?
People in need often turn to their faith leaders and faith community for help. Jewish Child & Family Services is working to identify issues before they become serious.

OCTOBER

Working Together for Common Ministry
Clergy don't often have the tools necessary to help congregants with mental illness. This is how we can change that.

AUGUST

Sacred Creations
After finding a church that understood mental health, AJ French finally received the treatment and support she needed.

JULY

How My Hindu Faith and Family Helped My Recovery
A strong faith and a supportive family has helped Swati Vaidya manage her bipolar disorder and succeed in life.

JUNE

How Faith Communities Can Break the Stigma of Mental Illness
Many people seek help from their faith communities before going to a professional. But many don't get the help they are looking for.

MAY

Reaching Out to Those with Mental Illness
Like many others, Karen Ranus was caught off guard when her daughter experienced a mental illness. But with NAMI and her church, she and her family had the support they needed.

APRIL

Mental Health Month: Faith Education and Collaboration
Partnerships between faith leaders and communities can help bring much needed support.

MARCH

A Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, A Call to Action for All Communities
Saddleback Church, the Catholic Diocese and NAMI Orange County have partnered together to host a daylong event on mental health.

FEBRUARY

Conversations on Spirituality and Mental Illness
Faith can be an important part of recovery for some. Nancy Kehoe shares her own personal experience forming a faith support group in her community.

JANUARY

Growing Outreach Through Faith
NAMI Wood County in Bowling Green, Ohio is expanding their community of faith for people living with serious mental illness with help from the Kitchner FAMILY Foundation.

2013

DECEMBER

The Healing Power of Faith
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Jeffrey R. Holland discusses the value of hope and faith in living with mental illness.

NOVEMBER

“Coming out” on Mental Health Sunday
On Oct. 20, people in United Church of Christ communities across the country “came out” to their congregations, telling their stories about living with mental illness.

OCTOBER

In San Antonio, Faith Shines in a Candlelight Service
On Oct. 6 in San Antonio, congregations across multiple religious denominations came together for a second annual Ecumenical Candlelight Service in observance of MIAW.

SEPTEMBER

Suicide Awareness and Resources for Faith Leaders
In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, NAMI has prepared a list of suicide awareness, responses and prevention resources for faith leaders.

JULY

On Mental Health Awareness in the Muslim Community
The relationship between Melody Moezzi's bipolar disorder and her religion has greatly impacted her identity.

Naming the Beast: Mental Illness
The loss of a loved one is devastating, but it's important to remember that they were more than just their illness.

JUNE

Navigating Life After War
The role of faith and community can be important in helping veterans return to everyday life. NAMI recently spoke with Hector Villarreal of the San Antonio Coalition for Veterans about the importance of this outreach effort.

MAY

Faith and Spirituality Beneficial in Treatment, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who believe in a higher power are more responsive to short-term treatment of depression.

APRIL

Becoming a Better Church for Families with Special Needs
Pope Francis' embracing of individuals with disabilities have won a lot of hearts. But what about illnesses like mental illness that are not quite so visible?

MARCH

Holy Week Can Give Perspective on Mental Illness, Regardless of Religion or Spirituality
The themes of Holy Week can transcend religious boundaries.

FEBRUARY

One Word at a Time: A Writer’s Spiritual Journey to Recovery


2012

NOVEMBER

A Conversation with My Pastor
Speaking out when you see prejudice is important. Even if it means confronting someone you respect.

OCTOBER

What Churches Can Do to Help
Mental illness of a family member can destroy the family's connection with their religious community. Churches across the country can help change that.

SEPTEMBER

New Study: Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed
For many, spirituality can provide a great benefit in recovery from physical and mental health conditions.

AUGUST

Opening Doors to Healing
Even in the most progressive congregations, people can be judgmental and ignorant when it comes to the causes of, and recovery from, mental illness.

On My Mind: Distinguishing Scars
"Coming out" with a mental illness isn't as easy as with a physical disease, but doing so is just as important.

JUNE

A Bridge across Religious Borders
A new collaborative has been created in California to ensure faith-based communities get the support and resources they need.

APRIL

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2012
In This Issue - Key Ministry: Welcoming Youth and Their Families at Church, Faith, Creativity and Managing Recovery and May is Mental Health Month!

MARCH

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: March 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for March 2012. In This Issue: Kindling the FaithNet Flame in N.C. and Faith, Creativity and Managing Recovery

FEBRUARY

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: February 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for February 2012. In This Issue: Hope's Nest & Reverend and Church Take on Mental Illness.

JANUARY

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: January 2012
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for January 2012. In This Issue: A Jewish Understanding of Renewed Relationships & NAMI STAR Center Faith-based Initiatives

2011

DECEMBER

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: December 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for December 2011

NOVEMBER

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: November 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for November 2011

OCTOBER

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: October 2011
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter for October 2011

SEPTEMBER

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: September 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for September 2011

AUGUST

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for August 2011

JULY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for July 2011

APRIL

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2011
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter for April 2011

2010

NOVEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2010
In This Issue: A Healing Agent from the Chicago Catholic Archdiocese, New Survey: Religion Helps, Hurts Depression, CMS: A Faith and Community-Based Gathering, Social Networking Support for People Affected by Mental Illness

OCTOBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2010
In This Issue: One Mind Mental Illness Ministry: Changing the World One Mind at a Time; The Role of Religion in the Well-being of Older Adults Living with Schizophrenia; The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder; NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf: Just Like Your Father; October Mental Wellness Series in Indianapolis

SEPTEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2010
In this issue: Opening Windows: Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) and Beyond, Changing Times: Mental Health Awareness in the Jewish Community, NAMI FaithNet Training Modules Update, Mental Health in India: Most turn to Faith, not Medicine, Mental Illness: Denied or Unidentified?, Sept. 23-25: Widening the Welcome, National Conference

AUGUST

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: August 2010


JUNE

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2010

APRIL

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: May 2010
NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: May 2010

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2010
NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2010

MARCH

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: March 2010
In this issue: Multicultural Outreach through Training for Ministries, Faith and Mental Illness in the African American Community, Understanding Faith and Depression, Studies: Belief in God Relieves Depression and NAMI Wants to Hear about Your Faith Outreach Efforts

FEBRUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2011


NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2010
In this issue: Speak to the "80 percent", Through a glass darkly: How Catholics struggle with Mental Illness, NAMI Family-to-Family: A Pastor's Education, Grants Available for African American Outreach and Education Program Expansion.

JANUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2010
In this issue: A New Year Key for Success: Collaboration, Commit to Good Mental Health in 2010, Religion Often too Crucial to Ignore in Therapy, NAMI Advocate Helps Family in Need, and New Resource from Mental Health Ministries Available.

2009

DECEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2009
In this issue: Happy Holidays from NAMI!, Interfaith Spiritual Support in Seattle's House of Healing, Faith, Delusion and Forgiveness, Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder, Coping with the Holidays, Blue Christmas Services.

NOVEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2009
In this issue: Veterans Day: Support Military Families, MIAW Changes One NAMI Advocate's Life, NAMI Wheeling Opens MIAW with Candlelight Service, The Role of Spirituality in Recovery, Clergy and Depression, and New Book Releases

OCTOBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2009
In this issue: Reaching Multicultural Faith Communities during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct. 4-10, National Day of Prayer Oct. 6, National Depression Screening Day Oct. 8, A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul, A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul by Tim Farrington (Harper One, 2009).

SEPTEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2009
In this issue: NAMI FaithNet Wins Award, National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness, Bolstering a California Community, A Catholic Psychiatrist's Calling, The Washington City, Pa., Mission and Faith-centered Rehabilitation, Touched by God: A Devotional for Mental Illness

AUGUST

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2009
In this issue: Ministries Pave a Spiritual Path to Help Veterans, Faith and the Brain, and Faith Community Nurses Thrives in Virginia.

JULY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2009
In this issue: NAMI FaithNet Offerings at the 2009 NAMI National Convention, New Initiative by the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, Faith Community Partners with Pathways to Housing

JUNE

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2009
In this issue: First Spiritual Responders, Connect to Care Offers Support, Westminster Presbyterian Hope Team, and Spiritual Medicine

MAY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 2009
In this issue: A Gesture of Faith, Bridging the Clergy, Counseling Gap, Offering of Optimism and Motivation, and This is Your Brain on Religion

APRIL

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2009
In this issue: New Toledo Ministry, I AM HIS, The Well Community Modeling Acceptance, Combining East and West for Treatment, Creating a Pamphlet to Educate about Mental Illness, 8th Annual NAMI Indianapolis FaithCEP Conference

FEBRUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2009
In this issue: SAMHSA faith resources, A plea from within the Jewish community, Oases of Peace, Partnering Faith Communities and Public Health, When a Friend Commits Suicide

JANUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2009
In this issue: Alone Among Us, Incorporating Faith and Spirituality in Treatment, and Sharing Stories, Dispelling Stigma.

2008

DECEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2008
In this issue: A comic with depression reaches out, Ruth Graham raises her voice about depression, Church acknowledges depression through "Blue Christmas", Lehigh County conference of churches, Faith-based center cares for the uninsured, and Researching "higher power" relationships

NOVEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2008
In this issue: Veterans Day and PTSD ads from Mental Health Ministries, Using the Spirit to Heal the Mind, Spiritual Care as Important as Physical Care, Faith is Rewarded

OCTOBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2008
In this issue: Giving Second Chances, Access granted, VA Homeless Program Grants, Restoration Blue, the Zen of Healing, and more!

SEPTEMBER

FaithNet Newsletter: September 2008
In this issue: Craig Rennebohm on "Grace Matters", Teaming up to Bridge Differences in New York, New SAMHSA Toolkit Released, National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.

AUGUST

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 2008
In this issue: Friday Church, Schizophrenia Digest and "The Power of Higher Powers", Young Muslims reach out in the "30-30 Club", Additional resources from NAMI Indianapolis, and Urging churches to reach out to disabled.

JULY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2008
In this issue: National Tribute, July 4: Stand with NAMI, Support Our Veterans, African American Faith-Based Education Initiative, Creating Caring Congregations, Breaking the Silence in Faith-Based Schools, Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops, Erase the Stigma Conference at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows

JUNE

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2008
In this issue: NAMI FaithNet at 2008 Convention, Recovery Cafe: Spiritual Nourishment in Seattle, Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops, Erase the Stigma Conference at National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows, and A Father's Day Gift with Meaning: NAMI's Father's Day Tribute

MAY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 2, 2008
In this issue: NAMI's 2008 National Convention, Depression Documentary, Public Access TV Show, FaithCEP Conference, Mother's Day Tribute, and more.

APRIL

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2008
In this issue: Psychiatry and Spirituality Forum at the University of California, Irvine, Religion and Medicine, Naked on God's Doorstep: A Memoir, FaithCEP Conference: The Mental Health of our Children and Youth, LA County Department of Mental Health Conference for Clergy and Faith Leaders, Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops

MARCH

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: March 2008
In this issue: NAMI National African American Faith-Based Education Effort, California Mental Health Office Reaches out to Muslim Residents, FaithCEP Conference: The Mental Health of our Children and Youth, LA County Department of Mental Health Conference for Clergy and Faith Leaders, Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops

FEBRUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 2008
In this issue: Mental Health Crisis Training for Religious Leaders, New Web Site Offers Mental Illness Resources, Episcopal Mental Illness Network Workshop, FaithCEP Conference: The Mental Health of our Children and Youth, Duke University Offers Summer Research Workshops

JANUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 2008
In this issue: TV Program Addresses Aging, Mental Health Issues and Faith, Brochure on Mental Illness in Older Adults, Psychiatrists and Spirituality and Duke University Spirituality and Health Workshops.

2007

NOVEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 2007
In this issue: Council Uses Technology to Reach Churches, Workshops Sought for 2008 NAMI Convention, and Join NAMI Online.

OCTOBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2007
In this issue: National Day of Prayer next week; New video resource on postpartum depression; Spirituality and health: an interview with Harold Koenig

SEPTEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2007
In this issue: Mental Illness Awareness Week in your congregation; Bibliography on spirituality and mental health; Recent news highlights

JULY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 2007
In this issue: FaithNet at NAMI Convention, Muslim mental health, new booklet on faith community outreach, and more.

JUNE

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2007
In this issue: FaithNet at NAMI Convention, Online Poll: Have Your Clergy Been Trained?, Series Looks at Role of Church in the Lives of Those with Serious Mental Illness, Web roundup, and New FaithNet address.

APRIL

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 20, 2007
In this issue: Virginia Tech Tragedy; Mental Illness and Easter; Book Recommendation: Brain Bondage; Religious Belief and the Brain

MARCH

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: March 30,2007
In this issue: Grassroots Strategy: Mental Health Education Seminars for Clergy; Countering Discrimination and Stigma; NAMIWALKS: Walk the Walk with Your Faith Community

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: March 9, 2007
In this issue: Chicago Tribune article on faith and mental illness, Stigma and faith outreach, Register now for NAMI's 2007 Convention and save

FEBRUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: February 16, 2007
In this issue: Building Bridges in Black Churches, Curriculum for Caring Congregations, Previews of Video Resources Available

JANUARY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 26, 2007
In this issue: A Child's Illness, A Mother's Faith; Grassroots Strategy: Clergy Training; Faith Group Seeks Feedback on Study Guide; Wanted: Interfaith Resources

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: January 5, 2007
In this issue: The Reverend Chet Watson: Warrior and Saint, grassroots strategy: focus on caregiving ministries, and an open letter to pastors.

2006

DECEMBER

NAMI Faithnet Newsletter: December 15, 2006
In this issue: a look back at the highlights of 2006.

NOVEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 17, 2006
In this issue: A father-daughter presentation on faith and mental illness, a new brochure on mental illness and the holidays, and an interview with Dr. Harold Koenig on the power of spirituality in healing.

OCTOBER

FaithNet Newsletter: October 20, 2006
In this issue: A first-person story of a clergyman living with mental illness, the 15th annual National Observance of Children's Sabbath, and an online program in spirituality and health.

SEPTEMBER

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 29, 2006
In this issue: Mental Illness Awareness Week activities, journal issue on spirituality now available for order, and a call for stories.

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 8, 2006
In this issue, we spotlight resources for observing Mental Illness Awareness Week, including "Shadow Voices", and provide a list of "do"s and "don't"s for ministry.

AUGUST

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: August 18, 2006
In this issue, we look at recent African American faith responses to mental illness, new research that suggests that religious beliefs can protect psychological well-being during stressful experience, and we mark our calendars for the National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.

JULY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 28, 2006
In this issue, we spotlight activities of interest to the faith community form the 2006 NAMI National Convention.

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 7, 2006
In this issue: Catholic disability group sets up a council on mental illness, summer camps to meet spiritual, mental health needs of young Gulf Coast disaster survivors, and the Compeer program.

JUNE

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 16, 2006
In this issue: A pastor struggles with illness, San Antonio hosts interfaith mental health ministries training, a book review, and new resources on the FaithNet Web site.

MAY

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 26, 2006
In this issue: A Room for J; Faith-based Advocacy; Your Input Wanted

NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 5, 2006
In this issue: welcome to the new format; faith events at NAMI Convention; Pathways to Promise poster resource


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