Welcome to the April issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder reflects on how sharing her personal experience with major depression led to creating a caring congregation engaged in outreach to people living with mental illness. She also shares materials, in English and Spanish, that faith communities can use in their own outreach activities during Mental Health Month in May.
A recent bp Magazine article explores why some people refer to spirituality as the "missing link" in mental health treatment. Many people living with bipolar disorder find that an active spiritual life helps them manage their mood swings and other aspects of their illness.
NAMI's Education, Training and Peer Support Center and Multicultural Action Center are pleased to announce a special Webinar, Sharing Hope: Community Partnership through Education, to be held on Wednesday, April 14.
Learn about this exciting program which targets African American congregations to start a dialogue on mental health and build partnerships with NAMI.
Representatives from two successful Sharing Hope program sites will share their key strategies, such as leadership support and education program collaboration, as well as the outcomes of their efforts.
For more information about NAMI's Sharing Hope: Understanding Mental Health initiative, visit the Sharing Hope section of the NAMI Web site.
When Medicine Got It Wrong, the documentary about NAMI's origins as a grassroots movement and founding as a national organization, will air on local PBS television stations in May and beyond.
The film tells the stories of families who were unfairly blamed for their children's mental illness and insisted on advancements in medicine and science. The documentary was shown at NAMI's 30th anniversary national convention last year.
When Medicine Got It Wrong is not just about the past—it's about NAMI's present and future. In the face of continuing stigma and discrimination, budget cutbacks and people still falling through cracks, it asks, "Where is the outrage today?"
To find your local air date and time, visit their official Web site.
Join us for NAMI's national convention in Washington, DC and celebrate the Fourth of July in the nation's capital!
The theme this year is "Recovery and Reform: The Road from Here" and the convention will include NAMI FaithNet workshops and networking opportunities. Stay tuned for more details.
Following the convention, enjoy Washington's celebration of Independence Day. The day starts with day-long performances on the National Mall by some of the country's top musicians and ends with a spectacular fireworks display over the Washington Monument accompanied by a live performance by the National Symphony Orchestra. And, it's ALL FREE.
You can learn more about the convention and register at the NAMI Web site.