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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2009
Welcome to the December issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.
In This Issue:
Happy Holidays from NAMI!
NAMI wishes you and your family a happy, healthy holiday season. You can send somebody you care about a NAMI holiday e-Card to share some holiday cheer, while supporting NAMI's mission to improve the lives of people and families affected by mental illness.
Interfaith Spiritual Support in Seattle's House of Healing
Craig Rennebohm of the Seattle Mental Health Chaplaincy offers a glimpse into life at the Plymouth House of Healing, where homeless individuals with mental illness can live in a supportive, interfaith community as they begin their recovery.
Faith, Delusion and Forgiveness
The Ft. Hood tragedy has opened new debate over distinctions between intense religiosity and fanaticism-and delusions that may lead to bizarre behavior or worse.
Similar issues marked the Salt Lake City kidnapping case of 14-year-old Elizabeth Smart in 2002, which recently took a new dramatic turn.
Managing Seasonal Affective Disorder
As we approach the holidays and the daylight hours shorten, some people will find themselves experiencing recurring stretches of depression associated with seasonal changes, also known as seasonal affective disorder (SAD).
A recent article in The Wall Street Journal offers treatment tips that can help those affected by SAD manage their symptoms this winter.
Coping with the Holidays
While the holidays can be a season of celebration with family and friends, they can also bring emotional and financial stresses, especially in this struggling economy. Mental Health Ministries offers Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays, a brochure that provides helpful self-care tips for people living with mental illness, families, friends and faith communities. The brochure is available free-of-charge and also can be viewed in Spanish.
Blue Christmas Services
Churches can be alert to the needs of people who may be "blue" at Christmas and include those who may be experiencing loss or depression in services known as "Blue Christmas." These services remind church members that God is present during their difficult times.
Some examples of Blue Christmas Services are: