Welcome to the November issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
Deacon Tom Lambert shares his work with the Archdiocese of Chicago Commission on Mental Illness. Knowing that people with mental illness and their families often feel isolated, Deacon Lambert and others have worked to raise awareness of the needs of these people. The group offers a wide variety of educational and support efforts, including workshops and seminars for Catholic clergy, a Faith and Fellowship program for ministers serving people with mental illness in residential facilities and retreats for people living with mental illness and their families.
The Salt Lake Tribune reports that a new depression study conducted by researchers at Utah Valley University suggests that religion can have both positive and negative effects on people living with depression. People who are actively engaged in their faith may be less vulnerable to depression. However, others who may feel estranged from their religion may be at higher risk for depression.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services hosted a meeting for faith leaders and others engaged in faith outreach on October 21, 2010 in Washington, D.C.
Recognizing that many people rely on their faith communities for information related to health, including services for seniors and low-income families, the meeting offered attendees an overview of the Affordable Care Act and implications for all Americans. Panel speakers from organizations like the Lutheran Services in America, Catholic Charities and the Jewish Federation of North America and others shared their current efforts working within their local communities.
For additional information, visit the Center for Faith-Based and Neighborhood Partnerships at www.hhs.gov/partnerships.
Many people today turn to social networking to connect with communities for information and peer support.
You can keep up with NAMI’s efforts, including new information from NAMI FaithNet, breaking news stories and also connect with others affected by mental illness on the NAMI Facebook page and on Twitter at NAMICommunicate.
Finding Hope in Mental Illness is another Facebook page where you find mental health support and engaged with others. The page was created by Shadow Voices, related to a documentary about people’s experiences with mental illness.