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What is NAMI FaithNet?
NAMI FaithNet is an information resource initiative of NAMI members, friends, clergy, and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to create faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with serious mental illness. NAMI FaithNet recognizes the of the important the role of spirituality in the ability to cope with living with a mental illness or in caring for an ill friend or family member. It has had significant success in doing so, because all the major religions have the basic tenets of giving care and showing compassion to those in need.
It was established for the purposes of:
- facilitating the development within the Faith Community of a non-threatening, supportive environment for those with serious mental illness and their families,
- pointing out the value of one’s spirituality in the recovery process from mental illness and the need for spiritual strength for those who are caretakers,
- educating clergy and congregations concerning the biologic basis and characteristics of mental illness
- guiding educational initiatives between NAMI affiliates and faith communities, and
- encouraging advocacy of the Faith Community to bring about hope and help for all who are affected by mental illness.
Individuals interested in starting the NAMI FaithNet Program must:
- Be a member of NAMI
- Be at a point in their life where they are familiar and comfortable with the emotional issues individuals and families face and feel, and
- Be willing to outreach and educate various faith communities comfortable disclosing information about their feelings regarding their life situation.
To learn more about NAMI FaithNet, check out the NAMI National website or contact them directly at (703) 524-7600.