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Integrating Spirituality and Mental Health: NAMI FaithNet Offerings at NAMI Convention

May 13, 2009

The intersection of spirituality with mental health education, awareness and recovery—that’s what the NAMI FaithNet networking session, workshop and NAMI FaithNet exhibit booth at the San Francisco NAMI National Convention will help you explore. A closely related workshop—the African American Faith-based Mental Health Education Initiative—sponsored by the Multicultural Action Center,  will take place on Thursday, July 9 from 10:45 – 12 noon.  Mark your calendars now!

Tuesday, July 7 from 9 am – 12 noon, the NAMI FaithNet Networking Session:  Find out what other NAMI members and affiliates are doing to create supportive congregations for people with mental illness.  NAMI FaithNet’s Advisory Board chair will highlight the NAMI FaithNet mission and guidelines, brochure, Web page and resources.  In addition, four strong mental health ministries in the San Francisco area and NAMI San Antonio will present their successful multicultural mental health ministries. Time will be given to other attendees to summarize their work, materials and activities related to spirituality and mental health education, awareness and recovery.  Bring your ideas, handouts and questions.

Wednesday, July 8, from 4:00- 5:15:  Hard Questions on Faith and Mental Illness:  A Multi-Faith Panel Responds:  Mental illness truly challenges our thinking and poses tough faith questions. We offer no simple answers, but learning to discuss and wrestle with the questions will better equip us to integrate faith with mental health recovery and real life challenges.  Religious leaders from the Muslim, Jewish and Christian traditions will provide their perspectives on a few of the more common hard questions. 

NAMI FaithNet Exhibit Booth: (see NAMI Land schedule):  Find resources for helping to create welcoming and supportive congregations for individuals and families living with mental illness—handouts,  books, brochures and much more  Come and share your ideas, successes and questions with NAMI FaithNet Advisory Board members. 

We hope to see you in San Francisco!  Register now for the NAMI Convention on-line.

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