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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: October 2007

In this issue:

  • National Day of Prayer Next Week
  • New Video Resource on Postpartum Depression
  • Spirituality and Health: An Interview with Harold Koenig

National Day of Prayer Next Week

The 4th Annual National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Recovery and Understanding will be observed nationwide on Tuesday, October 9th, during Mental Illness Awareness Week.

If you have the opportunity, please make an announcement about this day of prayer to your faith community this weekend, and speak from your heart.  Tell your congregation how important your faith and the use of prayer are in your recovery from your mental illness or in your ability to cope with the challenges of having a loved one with mental illness.

All are encouraged to make time on Tuesday, either individually or corporately, to pray for those living with mental illness, and to pray for greater understanding in families, communities, and society.

For more information and resources, visit the Day of Prayer page.

New Video Resource on Postpartum Depression

The birth of a baby is a time of great joy. But women can also find themselves feeling overwhelmed. They may even have negative feelings toward their child that can make them feel confused and guilty. Many new mothers are ashamed to admit these feelings and think they are a "bad mother" for having such thoughts. And so they suffer in silence.

Mental Health Ministries has just released a new DVD entitled "Breaking the Silence: Postpartum Depression and Families of Faith." This is an ecumenical resource to educate faith communities about postpartum depression. Background information on symptoms and treatment is provided by mental health professionals. Two women share their personal stories about how this experience affected their faith and recovery. There is also a discussion guide. For more information, or to purchase the DVD, visit the Mental Health Ministries Web site.

Spirituality and Health: An Interview with Harold Koenig

Harold Koenig, co-founder of the Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health at Duke University Medical Center, is considered by many as the world's leading researcher on the subject of spirituality and health.

In a recent interview with Adventist News Network, he spoke about the current state of research in the field, and about studies that have shown the positive impact of religion in the lives of those with mental illness. Read more… 

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