Welcome to the April issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
It is spring, a season of physical and spiritual rebirth, renewal and regrowth. This is a "holy" season for many, a time when many individuals of diverse faiths and beliefs engage in spiritual practices and rituals that hold great meaning and opportunities for healing. For some people affected by mental illness, this holy season is one of the most significant times of the year.
I first remember the gradual decent into insanity starting when I was 13. I began to withdraw in my room and play video games for hours on end. I played them so much I needed glasses after not too long from staring at the computer screen. I became depressed and socially withdrawn more and more as the years passed. I kept my grades high through high school until the 11th grade. Before then I was even in advanced classes and on the honor roll.
The most difficult part of recovery from the earthquake and tsunami in Japan will not be the reconstruction of houses and clearing of land that was devastated but rather the rebuilding of the country's emotional and mental well-being. After traumatic events happen to large populations, research has found that religion and spirituality have an influence on positive health outcomes. Religious participation is believed to aid in recovery by allowing a person to relate to a greater perceived system of social support and greater meaning.
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