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NAMI Sharing Hope is an education and advocacy program grown out of the knowledge that African Americans seek help from the clergy more frequently than from other professionals. Mental health issues are no exception. When dealing with mental illness, African American families often look for guidance, support, and understanding from their faith community. NAMI Sharing Hope works to provide:
- Education to African American congregations about mental illness signs, symptoms, treatment, and support.
- Address mental health stigma in the African American community by providing science-based information on mental illness.
- Increase understanding and awareness of mental health recovery by sharing lived experience of people with mental, family members and faith leaders.
- Foster dialogue in African American congregations about mental illness and how they can provide a caring and supportive environment for people with these illnesses and their families.
- Introduce NAMI education and support programs to African American congregations..
NAMI Sharing Hope includes a practical guide to successful outreach, a scripted 60 minute interactive presentation, checklists, practice sheets, and other helpful materials to assist with outreach and education of congregations.
Individuals interested in bringing the Sharing Hope program back to their community must:
- Be a NAMI member.
- Be a family member, person living with mental illness, or faith leader with personal experience with mental illness.
- Be willing to develop a team of presenters including person living with mental illness, family member and faith leader with personal experience with mental illness.
- Be willing to take the program to congregations in your community and adhere to the fidelity of the program.
To learn more, check out NAMI National's website contact NAMI National directly at (703) 524-7600.