June 16, 2006
On April 8, 2006, NAMI San Antonio and the Mental Health Task Force of San Antonio conducted an interfaith mental health ministry training. The event, the first of its kind in
This training was the first step in a pilot project spearheaded by the Community Outreach and Education Committee of the Bexar Mental Health Task Force. The Bexar Faith-based Mental Health Project seeks to empower members of faith
The Task Force is made up of religious leaders and individuals who work in mental health and social service fields, family members, and people diagnosed with brain disorders. Judges and other government public servants are represented as well. Organizations participating in the project include the
For participating congregations, the pilot project includes the following components:
Yolanda Alvarado, who serves on the board of NAMI San Antonio, is chair of the Faith-based Mental Health Ministry Initiative. She says that now that the initial training is complete, she is turning her attention to follow-up, to determine what actions those in attendance are planning for their congregations.
For more information, contact NAMI San Antonio at (210) 734-9596.