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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: June 2007

  • FaithNet at NAMI Convention
  • Online poll: Have Your Clergy Been Trained?
  • Series Looks at Role of Church in the Lives of Those with Serious Mental Illness
  • Web roundup
  • New FaithNet address

FaithNet at NAMI Convention

NAMI FaithNet will be active once again at the upcoming 2007 NAMI Convention, June 20-24 in San Diego, CA.

A Special Interest FaithNet Workshop, moderated by Gunnar Christiansen, MD, and featuring Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder of Mental Health Ministries, Angela Vickers, JD, author of Brain Bondage -- The Delay in Mental Illness Recovery, Pat Doyle, Education Director for NAMI DuPage, Carol Green, of Mental Health Ministries, and Carole Wills, FaithCep chairperson and president of NAMI Indianapolis is scheduled for Thursday, June 24th, from 9 AM to Noon.

FaithNet will also have a table in the exhibit hall with free videos, DVDs and printed materials. Please stop by and say hello.

The yearly closing Interfaith Worship Service will be held on Sunday, June 24th, from 9:00-10:00 AM.  This very special service planned by Rev. Susan Gregg-Schroeder will include participation by representatives of several faiths.

For further information, visit the FaithNet Web site.

Not yet registered for the convention? Although pre-registration is now closed, on-site registration will open at 9 AM on Wednesday, June 20th. Visit the NAMI Convention Web site for more info.

Online poll: Have Your Clergy Been Trained?

In editions of the newsletter earlier this year, we reported on various efforts to train clergy in how to minister to people with mental illnesses. Recent news articles from Bakersfield, CA, and Shreveport, LA, have discussed similar efforts in those areas. This leads us to pose our first online poll question for the FaithNet network: have your clergy been trained? Click here  to read more and respond to the poll.

Series Looks at Role of Church in the Live of Those with Serious Mental Illness

A series of articles in the Lakeland, FL Ledger newspaper in May took an in-depth look at the efforts of people with severe mental illness to find a place for themselves in area churches.

In the series, reporter Robin Williams Adams writes:

"Of more than a dozen people interviewed who have severe mental illnesses, many said they attend churches where they feel comfortable. But finding the right fit can take time."

The tension, she notes, is often between the role of faith versus the role of medicine in recovery.

Read the series online now, beginning with the article "Faith vs. Medicine". Once there, see the sidebar titled "Related Articles" for other articles in the series. 

Web roundup:

Association for Spirituality and Mental Health Launches

New international organization brings together psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, clergy and other professionals.  Read more...

Depression: It's Spiritually Incorrect

BeliefNet blogger Therese J. Borchard writes " Somehow Christians and God-fearers of all religions are programmed to believe they are "above" mental illness and depression." Read more...  

FamiliesUSA Center creates faith-based resources for health care advocacy

The tools and resources on the site outline specific strategies for the faith community to use in achieving health care equity.  Read more...

New FaithNet address

May marked the one-year anniversary of NAMI National supporting the FaithNet Web site and e-newsletter. During that year, we have been transitioning away from the previous Web address ( to the new address, Now the transition is final, and only the new address works. Please adjust any bookmarks or links you may have created to the old address.
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