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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: July 7, 2006

Catholic Disability Group Sets Up Council on Mental Illness

The National Catholic Partnership on Disability has established a council on mental illness to help the Catholic community reach out to those with mental illness and their families.

Jerry Freewalt of Columbus, Ohio, who chairs the governance board of the National Catholic Partnership on Disability, said the group "is committed to providing resources and training to pastors, deacons and diocesan and parish personnel in their efforts to reach out to Catholics experiencing a mental illness and their families." Read more…

Summer Camps to Meet Spiritual, Mental Health Needs of Young Gulf Coast Disaster Survivors

Lutheran Social Service of Minnesota will offer more than 65 camps this summer for school-aged children who were affected by Hurricanes Katrina and Rita in 2005. Of the one million people displaced by the 2005 hurricanes, an estimated 372,000 were school-aged children in kindergarten through 12th grade.

Many of the children affected by the Gulf Coast hurricanes are beginning to show signs of emotional distress and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). The camps, called Camp Noah, are designed to offer a safe setting for children to address their fears in an effort to relieve reactive symptoms. To that end, the Camp Noah program provides volunteer mental health professionals that are available to the children throughout the week. Read more…

Compeer: Making Friends, Changing Lives

Have you ever wished you could do something for someone who is homeless or someone living with a mental illness? Would you be willing to spend four hours monthly if that meant making a real difference? A friend can make the difference in the life of a person struggling for mental wellness.

The Compeer Program offers a wonderful model to do just that. Compeer’s mission is to alleviate the loneliness and isolation that many individuals dealing with mental illness often experience. Read more…

In the next issue:

The 2006 NAMI Convention concluded on Sunday, July 2 with an interfaith worship service. The next of issue of the FaithNet newsletter will feature information and resources for the faith community from the convention.

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