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NAMI FaithNet Newsletter: December 2008

In this issue:

  • A comic with depression reaches out
  • Ruth Graham raises her voice about depression
  • Church acknowledges depression through "Blue Christmas"
  • Lehigh County conference of churches
  • Faith-based center cares for the uninsured
  • Researching "higher power" relationships

Comic Chonda Pierce is upbeat about battling depression

After an 18-month bout of depression, comic Chonda Pierce has taken positive steps toward assisting others fight depression and anxiety, as well as other disorders and addictions. She helped launch the new faith-based Branches Recovery Center in Murfreesboro, a facility with licensed counselors, life coaches and support groups. Read more...

Ruth Graham fights church silence on depression

In 2004, the daughter of Billy Graham formed Ruth Graham & Friends, a ministry that helps others address problems that she found are too often ignored in the Christian community, including the depression she experienced. Her "Get Growing" conferences address issues like addiction, depression, and eating disorders.

"I was tired of being a plastic Christian. I told everybody I had it all together, and I was falling apart. And I was scared to death to tell somebody," she said.

At the conferences, she talks about her experiences and how her faith and a supportive family helped her survive. Read more...

Church program tackles holiday depression

Gibsonville United Methodist Church's Blue Christmas service will help attendees work through and acknowledge feelings of depression that many experience during the holidays. Read more...

Congregations Serve Up Thanksgiving and More

The Lehigh County Conference of Churches is an association of more than 140 churches and faith communities that offers a wide array of support for those in need, including programs for people with mental illness, soup kitchens, drop-in assistance centers, and help arranging shelter for the homeless. Read more...

Faith-based center cares for uninsured

The Haley Center is a faith-based indigent health care clinic for the uninsured that provides free care for people who would otherwise do without. The center has served more than 3,500 patients since it opened three years ago. Read more...

Temple University researchers study religiosity

A new study, published online this month in Psychological Medicine found that people with a higher sense of purpose were more likely to be happy and were 70 percent less likely to have experienced depression than those who had a low sense of meaning in life.

The researchers also found that people who were involved in religious activities, such as going to church on Sundays, were 30 percent less likely to have had depression in their lifetime. Read more...

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