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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 28, 2006

In this issue, we spotlight activities of interest to the faith community from the 2006 NAMI National Convention, which concluded July 2, 2006 in Washington, D.C. Save the date now and plan to join us for the 2007 NAMI Convention in San Diego, June 20 – 24.

Mental Illness as Spiritual Journey

As a consumer and clergyperson, Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder brought the wisdom of her ongoing journey and struggles with depression to participants in this convention workshop and offered universal truths about spirituality during difficult times.

NAMI is pleased to offer the FaithNet network the full audio of Rev. Gregg-Shroeder’s excellent presentation online. Download and listen to the audio now

FaithNet Networking Meeting

Approximately 40 Convention attendees gathered for a FaithNet networking session during the NAMI Convention. Presenters included Rev. Craig Rennebohm of Mental Health Chaplaincy, Rev. Bob Dell of Pathways to Promise, Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder of Mental Health Ministries,and Margaret Ann Holt of Virginia Interfaith Committee on Mental Illness Ministries (VICOMIM). These presenters, as well as several attendees, spoke about and distributed resources of interest to communities of faith, many of which are available via their Web sites.

In response to requests during this session, NAMI has created a general FaithNet flier for distribution at local NAMI events and through local faith communities. Download the flyer (Adobe PDF file)

Gunnar and Susan Christiansen Honored

At the Opening Plenary of the 2006 NAMI Convention, Gunnar and Susan Christiansen, founders of FaithNet, were honored with NAMI’s Distinguished Service Award, NAMI’s highest honor.

In presenting the award, NAMI’s president Suzanne Vogel-Scibilia made the following remarks:

“The Distinguished Service Award is NAMI’s highest honor. It is given to recognize exceptional efforts with national significance to support NAMI’s goal of improving the lives of people with mental illnesses and the lives of their loved ones.

“Gunnar and Susan Christiansen, of Santa Ana, California, have devoted countless hours to develop and maintain FaithNet, through which huge numbers of people have found free resources essential to their faith communities in addressing issues of education, stigma, support, and advocacy.

“Due to their untiring dedication to this issue, the sleeping giant of the faith community is being awakened to its role in assisting persons with mental illnesses and their families.”

Visit the NAMI FaithNet Web site for more information on faith and mental illness

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