NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: April 2009
In This Issue:
- New Toledo Ministry, I AM HIS
- The Well Community Modeling Acceptance
- Combining East and West for Treatment
- Creating a Pamphlet to Educate about Mental Illness
- 8th Annual NAMI Indianapolis FaithCEP Conference
New Toledo Ministry, I AM HIS
A Toledo couple is starting a new Christian-based mental health ministry, Individuals Affected by Mental Health Issues Socializing (I AM HIS), which they hope will help other parents avoid the tribulations and trials they struggled through for more than 10 years.
The Well Community Modeling Acceptance
Believed to be the only church that counts the mentally ill as its target population, The Well Community in Dallas is seeking to be an avenue where mentally ill people can come to know the love of Christ. And the church hopes it can be a model for other congregations.
Combining East and West for Treatment
Though recently granted political asylum in America, a Tibetan monk living with posttraumatic stress disorder knew no peace. But Dr. Michael Grodin knew better than to limit himself to Western concepts. He added a Tibetan diagnosis, "Srog-rlung" and other Eastern treatments to the Western antidepressants he prescribed.
Creating a Pamphlet to Educate about Mental Illness
Two Portland Catholic mental health experts have written a pamphlet for national distribution to help educate parishes about ways to be supportive of mentally ill parishioners. The pamphlet provides simple suggestions for supporting and ministering to people with mental illness, insisting that no one needs to be a mental health expert to help others.
8th Annual NAMI Indianapolis FaithCEP Conference
On April 27, 2009, NAMI Indianapolis' Faith Communities Education Project will host its 8th Annual Mending the Mind & Minding the Soul Mental Health Education Conference for clergy and congregational leaders of all faith traditions.