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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: November 17, 2006

From Mental Illness to Spiritual Wisdom: A Father-Daughter Odyssey

For 10 years, Barb and Tom Zanzig have been living with the effects of mental illness, she as a young adult with bipolar disorder and he as her father.

In March 2006, they decided to speak out publicly for the first time, not only about the devastating impact of mental illness, but also about the spiritual lessons that each of them learned in the midst of it all. They shared their stories in a very personal presentation to an audience of over 400 at a religious education conference in California.

Through a special arrangement with the Zanzig's, NAMI is pleased to present the full audio of their moving presentation online. Read more and listen online now.

Brochure Offers Tips for Mental Illness and the Holidays

The holidays can be a time of stress for everyone. But this can be especially true for people coping with grief, loneliness, illness, economic concerns, or relationship issues.

Recognizing that people's experiences are often quite different from the "Hallmark" images that bombard us during this time of year, Rev. Susan Gregg-Shroeder of Mental Health Ministries has created a brochure called "Mental Illness: Coping with the Holidays." In it, she offers tips for persons with a mental illness, their families and friends, and guidelines for faith communities.

You are encouraged to download and make copies of this brochure for your clergy, place of worship, and elsewhere in your community. Download the PDF file now from

Faith and Health: An Interview with Dr. Harold Koenig

Is there conclusive evidence that belief in God promotes better health? Is it appropriate for a doctor to ask about a patient's spiritual beliefs and practices?

Dr. Harold G. Koenig is one of the leading researchers on the connection between spirituality and health. He has written numerous books on the subject, including The Healing Power of Faith, Spirituality in Patient Care and Faith and Mental Health.

Koenig responded to these and other questions in a recent interview with the Dallas Morning NewsRead more…

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