What is FaithNet?
NAMI FaithNet is a network of NAMI members and friends dedicated to promoting caring faith communities and promoting the role of faith in recovery for individuals and families affected by mental illness. Faith and spirituality are essential elements of healing and recovery from any serious medical illness, including mental illness. 60% of people in emotional distress turn first to their clergy for help and counseling, yet many clergy feel ill-equipped to provide appropriate support and referrals to persons living with mental illness. At the same time, social prejudice and shame associated with mental illness often prevent others from reaching out to their faith leaders and worship community. Education about mental illness is the key to replacing ignorance and fear with compassion and understanding. Through education, congregations can offer caring, understanding and support that promote healing and recovery.
NAMI Resources for Faith Communities
- The "Bridges of Hope" presentation to the Faith Community by NAMI members
- Resources for Clergy and other faith leaders
- Additional resources for individuals affected by mental illness
The purpose of Bridges of Hope is to educate faith communities about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities of faith for people affected by mental illness. The training discusses:
- What is mental illness? How does it impact individuals, families, and communities?
- What is the role of the faith community in helping people and families touched by serious mental illness?
- Who is NAMI and what does it offer to individuals, families, and faith communities