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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: May 2010

Welcome to the May issue of the NAMI FaithNet Newsletter.

In This Issue:

  • NAMI FaithNet Offerings at the NAMI National Convention June 30–July 2
  • NAMI's Story Now Airing on PBS Stations
  • Standing with Her in the Rain
  • Check out New Resources on the NAMI FaithNet Website

NAMI FaithNet Offerings at the NAMI National Convention June 30–July 2

Join us for NAMIís national convention in Washington, D.C., and celebrate the Fourth in the nationís capital! The theme this year is ďRecovery and Reform: The Road from Here.Ē

Come and explore the many dimensions of spirituality and mental health education, awareness and recovery at the NAMI FaithNet networking session, workshop and exhibit booth. New training modules will be introduced and a closely related symposium by Sister Nancy Kehoe, Ph.D., will help equip you for faith community outreach. Mark your calendars now!

View the convention schedule and register at

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NAMI's Story Now Airing on PBS Stations

When Medicine Got It Wrong, the documentary about NAMI's origins as a grassroots movement and founding as a national organization, will air on local PBS television stations in May and beyond.

The film tells the stories of families who were unfairly blamed for their children's mental illness and insisted on advancements in medicine and science. The documentary was shown at NAMI's 30th anniversary national convention last year.

When Medicine Got It Wrong is not just about the past--it's about NAMIís present and future. In the face of continuing stigma and discrimination, budget cutbacks and people still falling through cracks, it asks, "Where is the outrage today?"

Click here to find your local air date and time.


Standing with Her in the Rain

Lisa Schubert, associate pastor of discipleship and formation at the North United Methodist Church in Indianapolis, shares her thoughts on what it means for faith communities and their leaders to embrace and listen to those who live with mental illness.

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Check out New Resources on the NAMI FaithNet Website

NAMI FaithNet is committed to providing resources for NAMI members, affiliates and community partners to develop supportive congregations for those living with serious mental illness and their families. We aim to promote the value of spirituality in recovery and for caregivers, educate clergy and congregations about mental illness and its impact on individuals, families and communities and to encourage advocacy within faith communities.

Explore the pages at and discover NAMI FaithNetís mission and guidelines, monthly articles, mental health ministry news, downloadable Mental Health Awareness Month resources, suggestions for getting started with faith community outreach, service planning resources and links to related sites.

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