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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 8, 2006

Equip Your Congregation for Mental Illness Awareness Week

Mental Illness Awareness Week, October 1-7, is now less than one month away. But it is not too late to get your community of faith involved!

To help jump-start your efforts, NAMI is hosting a one-hour teleconference on Friday, September 15 at 2:30 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on MIAW Resources for the Faith Community. Discussion topics will include resources and toolkits for the faith community; media and outreach tools; resources on the Web; and information about the National Day of Prayer.

Speakers will include Carole Wills, FaithCEP of NAMI Indianapolis; Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder, Coordinator, Mental Health Ministries, California; and Margaret Ann Holt of the Virginia Interfaith Committee on Mental Illness Ministries (VICOMIM). 

The call is free, but you must register. To register contact for call information and a list of resources to review prior to the call.

Shadow Voices: A Great Resource for Education and Outreach

Looking for a way to open up discussion about mental illness in your faith community?

Shadow Voices: Finding Hope in Mental Illness, a one-hour documentary produced by the National Council of Churches, through Mennonite Media, is a helpful tool for stimulating discussion about mental illness, both inside congregations and as part of broader civic education programs.

In conjunction with the film, several other resources have been produced including group discussion guides, sermon ideas, worship resources,  and a list of scripture references.

Videos and DVDs are available for purchase, and orders placed by September 14 should arrive in time for Mental Illness Awareness Week. Read more…

Also, Shadow Voices will air on Hallmark Chanel on Oct. 8, 2006, at 7 a.m. ET/PT, 6 a.m. CT. Encourage your faith community to tune in.

The “Do”s and “Don’t”s of Ministry

NAMI member and advocate Jan Lutz shares this list of guidelines for how faith communities can provide care and support to persons with mental illness and their families. Read more…

Family-to-Family Starts New Semester

All around the U.S., a new semester of NAMI’s Family-to-Family is getting underway. This free, 12-week course is for caregivers of persons with serious mental illness and is taught by trained consumers and family members. Learn more and view the current course schedule…