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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2010

Welcome to the October issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.

In This Issue:

  • One Mind Mental Illness Ministry: Changing the World One Mind at a Time
  • The Role of Religion in the Well-being of Older Adults Living with Schizophrenia
  • The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder
  • NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf: Just Like Your Father
  • October Mental Wellness Series in Indianapolis

One Mind Mental Illness Ministry: Changing the World One Mind at a Time

After her daughter was diagnosed with mental illness, Bonnie Kinschner's family joined together to create One Mind Mental Illness Ministry. One Mind's mission is to raise awareness of the role of spirituality in recovery, educate people about mental illness, erase stigma and create caring communities.

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The Role of Religion in the Well-being of Older Adults Living with Schizophrenia

According to Psychiatric Services, a new study explores the impact of religion on the quality of life of older adults living with schizophrenia.

The study findings suggest that religiousness may have a positive impact on the quality of life of older adults with schizophrenia, and it must be considered along with other therapeutically beneficial resources.


The Spiritual Life and Bipolar Disorder

In a recent Beyond Blue blog entry, Therese Borchard discusses the sometimes murky distinction between spiritual enthusiasm and more intense religiosity that may be a symptom of bipolar mania.


NAMI FaithNet Bookshelf

Just Like Your Father
Brenda S. Baranowski, R.N; B.S.N.
(PublishAmerica, 2010)

Baranowski's memoir captures her 10-year struggle with mental illness before receiving an accurate diagnosis of bipolar disorder. Her illness impacted all aspects of her life, including her relationships with family and her career. Brenda reflects on the significant role spirituality plays in her recovery, which ultimately leads her to strengthened family relationships and a rewarding new career.

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October Mental Wellness Series in Indianapolis

North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis will host three free Saturday mental health ministry seminars from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. throughout October.

Saturday, Oct. 9

  • Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond
  • Facilitator: Carole Wills, M.A.R.

Saturday, Oct. 16

  • Mental Wellness: Managing Stress & Depression
  • Presenter: Jay D. Fawver, M.D., Clinical Professor of Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

Saturday, Oct. 23

  • Caring for our Veterans and Military Families
  • Presenters: Scott Patterson, Ph.D. and John W. Myers, M.S.W., Veterans Health Administration

Register by calling (317) 924-2612.

North United Methodist Church
3808 North Meridian St.
Indianapolis, IN 46208

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