Faith communities are often the first place that people reach out for support. 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. This site is a reflection of a closer partnership between NAMI, NAMI State Organizations and NAMI Affiliate leaders.
NAMI FaithNet is a network composed of members and friends of NAMI. It was established for the purposes of:
- Facilitating the development within the faith community of a non-threatening, supportive environment for those with 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 faith communities concerning mental illness and
- Encouraging advocacy of the faith community to bring about hope and help for all who are affected by mental illness.
NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but rather an outreach to all religious organizations. 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.
NAMI FaithNet respects all religious beliefs. It also recognizes the expression by the majority of those affected by mental illness of the importance of the role of their spirituality in their ability to cope with having one of these illnesses themselves or in caring for an ill friend or family member. NAMI FaithNet encourages all those who are affected by a mental illness, who are also members of a faith community, to talk to their clergy person about mental illness and the role their faith is playing in their lives. Sadly, at present, many shy away from speaking with their clergy person because of the effect the stigma of mental illness has had on their lives. Talking to your clergy acheives two purposes:
- By telling their clergy person their story, he or she becomes personally involved and personal involvement is the best method of education. Understanding requires not only the attention of the ears and eyes, but also the heart; and
- By speaking to their clergy person, they have the opportunity to gain spiritual support.
To learn more about NAMI FaithNet, call 408-453-0400 ext 3035.
Twenty-nine years ago, I heard a voice. I was a seminary student at the time, praying one morning in Duke Chapel when the voice said: “These hands can heal“. The voice was so real that my eyes popped open expecting to see someone beside me.
This is a list of Faith Communities in Santa Clara County that have made a commitment towards creating a stigma-free, inclusive places of worship for people with mental health conditions and their families by completing at least 10 action items from the NAMI FaithNet brochure.
Join us for lunch and conversation to learn more about mental illness plus resources for recovery and wellness.
Thursday, October 22th, 2020
11:00 am – 1:00 pm
FAITH LEADER’S RESOURCE TOOLBOX
- Covid Support Services – For updated list of online support, county services updates and other community resources during this crisis.
- Wellness and Resources – This contains a list of resources for families facing financial hardships due to Corona Virus pandemic. You can download and print it for your congregation. This list was compiled by our FaithNet team, immediately after “Shelter-in-place” order was issued. (This list was last updated 3/23/2020)
- “Ask them for their WISDOM” a project by NAMI Santa Clara County FaithNet – NAMI Santa Clara County FaithNet asked people who are living with serious mental health conditions, to share how they are coping during this current crisis. What emerged is a treasure trove of wisdom.
- Current Newsletter and Resource Guide – The Resource Guide contains crisis and community referral information,NAMI education classes and programs, and a list of support groups for individuals and their families offered by NAMI and other organizations. The monthly Newsletter contains information on current NAMI news and events.
- Welcome Package – This contains a list of NAMI Santa Clara County’s programs, guide to navigate a mental health emergency, recommended books and other useful information for families new to mental health diagnoses.
- *New* FaithNet Blogs – Read blogs and articles written by faith leaders on topics surrounding mental health.
- *New* COMPASSION IN ACTION – This mental health guide for faith leaders was just published by the Department of Health and Human Resources. It has a wealth of information for Faith Communities serving people with mental health conditions and their caregivers.
*New* Pastor’s Toolbox on Racism and Mental Health
- “NAMI’s Statement On Recent Racist Incidents And Mental Health Resources For African Americans” Read the statement released by NAMI National from CEO Daniel H. Gillison, Jr., regarding recent racist incidents across the country and their impact on mental health. This link also has mental health resources for Black culture specific mental health resources.
- 21-Day Racial Equity Habit Building Challenge: The goal of the Challenge is to assist each of us to become more aware, compassionate, constructive, engaged people in the quest for racial equity.
- Resources to facilitate discussion about race: This document contains a list of books, movies, articles and papers to facilitate discussion on the topic of race.
- NAMI News : Go to this link for more updates and Resources.