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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: September 2007

In this issue:

  • Mental Illness Awareness Week in your congregation
  • Bibliography on spirituality and mental health
  • Recent news highlights

Mental Illness Awareness Week in your congregation

Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW) begins in just one month. It is not too late to get your congregation and community involved. Here are some ideas:

Bibliography on spirituality and mental health

The June 2007 issue of the Southern Medical Journal featured an article titled "Selected Annotated Bibliography on Spirituality and Mental Health." In it, author John Peteet, MD, provides a short synopsis and review of 27 books and journal articles since 1998. Titles of some of the works reviewed include "Religion and spirituality in the lives of people with serious mental illness," "Mental health services in faith communities: the role of clergy in black churches," and "Spiritually Oriented Psychotherapy."

This article makes a great place to start for those interested in reading more about spirituality and mental health. The Southern Medical Journal has generously made this article available for free to the NAMI FaithNet community. Download article (PDF file).

Recent News Highlights

Doctors' religious beliefs guide depression treatment
A recent report suggests that how religiously observant a doctor is affects how likely the doctor is to refer a patient to a faith-based counselor. Read the article on the Dallas Morning News Web site…

Church to focus on mental illness
The Boston Globe profiles a Boston-area church that is undertaking a week-long teach-in on mental illness, with support from its local NAMI. Read the article on the Boston Globe Web site…