Welcome to the September issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
Learn how you can use the resources available in the new NAMI FaithNet Mental Illness Awareness Toolkit (www.nami.org/faithnet) to engage faith communities during MIAW and in the months ahead.
Rabbi Richard F. Address, D.Min, of the Union for Reform Judaism shares how congregations, Jewish Family Services and Jewish Federations are creating more opportunities to raise mental health awareness and reduce stigma in the Jewish community.
At the 2010 NAMI national convention in Washington, D.C., NAMI FaithNet advisory group members shared two training modules that are designed to help NAMI affiliates and others connect their local faith communities to mental health resources and NAMI.
National Public Radio (NPR) reports that in India most people seek help for mental illness from faith healers and temple doctors, rather than psychiatrists, who are scarcely available.
While some don't believe in using both approaches, others are more open to adapting medical treatment that incorporates elements of cultural practices.
In Latino Perspectives, Rosa Cays discusses mental illness stigma within the Latino community.
The first national Conference jointly hosted by the United Church of Christ Disabilities Ministries (UCC DM) and the United Church of Christ Mental Illness Network (UCC MIN) will take place at the Drury Plaza Hotel in St. Louis.
Conference goals include:
To learn more or register, visit www.wideningthewelcome.com