NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2009
Welcome to the October issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
Reaching Multicultural Faith Communities during Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) Oct. 4-10
Mental Illness Awareness Week is NAMI's premiere public awareness and education campaign across the country. Learn how NAMI San Antonio will engage multicultural faith communities next week.
National Day of Prayer Oct. 6
Tuesday, Oct. 6 has been designated as The National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding.
The NAMI FaithNet Web site offers a variety of resources that can be used as part of your outreach efforts, including bulletin inserts, prayers, liturgies and an interfaith candle lighting service. Additional resources in English and Spanish are available at the Mental Health Ministries Web site.
National Depression Screening Day Oct. 8
On National Depression Screening Day, screenings will be sponsored by hospitals, mental health centers, primary care clinics, social service agencies and some faith communities, among other sites.
It is important to inform members of your communities about local screenings because they are often the first step a person can take to get help. Clinical depression is a serious medical illness that affects men and women of all ages and races. Treatment works for most people, but clinical depression can lead to suicide if left untreated.
For more information, contact the National Depression Screening Project Office at (781) 239-0071.
A Doctor for Disease, a Shaman for the Soul
The New York Times examines a national movement to integrate patients' varied cultural beliefs and values in their medical treatment, especially in medical institutions and clinics that serve large immigrant, refugee and ethnic-minority populations.
A Hell of Mercy: A Meditation on Depression and the Dark Night of the Soul
by Tim Farrington (Harper One, 2009)
Farrington explores his experiences with depression and spirituality in this book. While depression can be lonely and heartbreaking, he discovers it can also offer an opportunity for spiritual reflection and growth.