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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter Archive

2014

DECEMBER

What Makes a Good Companion?
Learning how to set boundaries, how to listen and what to say are all important parts of a good companion.

Who is Upstream Pushing Them In?
People in need often turn to their faith leaders and faith community for help. Jewish Child & Family Services is working to identify issues before they become serious.

OCTOBER

Working Together for Common Ministry
Clergy don't often have the tools necessary to help congregants with mental illness. This is how we can change that.

AUGUST

Sacred Creations
After finding a church that understood mental health, AJ French finally received the treatment and support she needed.

JULY

How My Hindu Faith and Family Helped My Recovery
A strong faith and a supportive family has helped Swati Vaidya manage her bipolar disorder and succeed in life.

JUNE

How Faith Communities Can Break the Stigma of Mental Illness
Many people seek help from their faith communities before going to a professional. But many don't get the help they are looking for.

MAY

Reaching Out to Those with Mental Illness
Like many others, Karen Ranus was caught off guard when her daughter experienced a mental illness. But with NAMI and her church, she and her family had the support they needed.

APRIL

Mental Health Month: Faith Education and Collaboration
Partnerships between faith leaders and communities can help bring much needed support.

MARCH

A Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, A Call to Action for All Communities
Saddleback Church, the Catholic Diocese and NAMI Orange County have partnered together to host a daylong event on mental health.

FEBRUARY

Conversations on Spirituality and Mental Illness
Faith can be an important part of recovery for some. Nancy Kehoe shares her own personal experience forming a faith support group in her community.

JANUARY

Growing Outreach Through Faith
NAMI Wood County in Bowling Green, Ohio is expanding their community of faith for people living with serious mental illness with help from the Kitchner FAMILY Foundation.

2013

DECEMBER

The Healing Power of Faith
Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints Elder Jeffrey R. Holland discusses the value of hope and faith in living with mental illness.

NOVEMBER

“Coming out” on Mental Health Sunday
On Oct. 20, people in United Church of Christ communities across the country “came out” to their congregations, telling their stories about living with mental illness.

OCTOBER

In San Antonio, Faith Shines in a Candlelight Service
On Oct. 6 in San Antonio, congregations across multiple religious denominations came together for a second annual Ecumenical Candlelight Service in observance of MIAW.

SEPTEMBER

Suicide Awareness and Resources for Faith Leaders
In recognition of Suicide Awareness Month, NAMI has prepared a list of suicide awareness, responses and prevention resources for faith leaders.

JULY

On Mental Health Awareness in the Muslim Community
The relationship between Melody Moezzi's bipolar disorder and her religion has greatly impacted her identity.

Naming the Beast: Mental Illness
The loss of a loved one is devastating, but it's important to remember that they were more than just their illness.

JUNE

Navigating Life After War
The role of faith and community can be important in helping veterans return to everyday life. NAMI recently spoke with Hector Villarreal of the San Antonio Coalition for Veterans about the importance of this outreach effort.

MAY

Faith and Spirituality Beneficial in Treatment, Study Finds
A new study has found that people who believe in a higher power are more responsive to short-term treatment of depression.

APRIL

Becoming a Better Church for Families with Special Needs
Pope Francis' embracing of individuals with disabilities have won a lot of hearts. But what about illnesses like mental illness that are not quite so visible?

MARCH

Holy Week Can Give Perspective on Mental Illness, Regardless of Religion or Spirituality
The themes of Holy Week can transcend religious boundaries.

FEBRUARY

One Word at a Time: A Writer’s Spiritual Journey to Recovery


2012

NOVEMBER

A Conversation with My Pastor
Speaking out when you see prejudice is important. Even if it means confronting someone you respect.

OCTOBER

What Churches Can Do to Help
Mental illness of a family member can destroy the family's connection with their religious community. Churches across the country can help change that.

SEPTEMBER

New Study: Benefits of Spirituality Affirmed
For many, spirituality can provide a great benefit in recovery from physical and mental health conditions.

AUGUST

Opening Doors to Healing
Even in the most progressive congregations, people can be judgmental and ignorant when it comes to the causes of, and recovery from, mental illness.

On My Mind: Distinguishing Scars
"Coming out" with a mental illness isn't as easy as with a physical disease, but doing so is just as important.

JUNE

A Bridge across Religious Borders
A new collaborative has been created in California to ensure faith-based communities get the support and resources they need.



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