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.

Become a Mental Health Friendly Faith Community


Open brochures below in English or in Spanish to learn 24 things your congregation could do to become a mental health friendly faith community:


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Sample Sermon

A sample sermon by Rev. Cindy McCalmont on “Hearing Voices”

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.

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List of Mental Health Friendly Congregations

Church List

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.


Faith Leaders Virtual Luncheon

NAMI-Santa Clara County’s FaithnNet Outreach Team welcomes you to our presentation to learn more about mental health, substance use, and recovery. Mental health and physical health go hand in hand. We know that Faith Leaders are front-line contacts for congregations. It’s important to understand these issues and how to help people find treatment and support. Our goal is to create “mental health-friendly, stigma-free” congregations. Thank you for your interest in this movement to support this work!

Fourth Thursday of the Month

11:00 am – 1:00 pm


Please RSVP by Monday the week of the Luncheon.

Zoom Information will be sent following registration.


October 3rd – 9th, 2021 is celebrated as the National Mental Health Awareness week in US. NAMI-SCC FaithNet has put together a packet for faith leaders to encourage prayers for psychiatric facilities in our community. The packet includes:

  • A flier for an online Mental Health 101 presentation held on 4th Thursdays;
  • A brochure with concrete steps your community can take toward becoming mental health friendly and stigma free;
  • A Program overview of the services offered by the National Alliance on Mental Illness in Santa Clara County (NAMI-SCC).
  • Sample Prayers for

We know that faith leaders can make a significant difference in the recovery and wellness of our community, especially now, when 1-in-3 Americans are experiencing symptoms of anxiety and depression since this pandemic. As faith leaders, even if we don’t know how to talk about mental health, we know how to pray. We know how to ask God to open our hearts to our brothers and sisters.


  • Covid Support ServicesFor 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 GuideThe 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. 
  •  FaithNet Blogs – Read blogs and articles written by faith leaders on topics surrounding mental health. 
  •  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* Youth Mental Health First Aid – Free 6 -hr training for parents, health providers, youth camp leaders, pastors working with youth ages 6-18yrs. Provides skill training to connect and refer youth developing mental health issues to appropriate care. See brochure to find out the upcoming training dates and to register for the training.

*New* Pastor’s Toolbox on Racism and Mental Health

NAMI FaithNet Blogs

General Meeting, Tue May 11th, “Celebrating Faith & Spirituality in Mental Health Recovery— & the Faith Communities that Make It Possible”

Come to the general meeting to be inspired. We’ll hear testimonials from individuals for whom spirituality is a cornerstone of their wellness and recovery. We’ll see an excerpt from a powerful new movie produced by Congregation Beth Am that documents its mental health support group, Beit R’fuah, House of Healing. We’ll honor twenty congregations in…

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NAMI FaithNet Spotlight – Beit R’fuah – House of Healing

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network striving to educate and support faith leaders in creating a mental health friendly, stigma-free congregations in Santa Clara County. In this blog series, we highlight local faith communities that are commited to this goal. Congregation Beth AM is truly one of Santa Clara County’s pioneers in developing a…

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NAMI FaithNet Brings a Guiding Light By Moryt Milo

Spirituality can be a bridge between mental illness and science without proselytizing. This is the role of NAMI FaithNet. Cindy McCalmont, an ordained United Methodist Minister for 15 years, is part of the NAMI Santa Clara County leadership team for FaithNet. She notes that FaithNet is not a religious network. The focus is to assist…

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Maintaining Mental Health During The Holiday Season by NAMI California

The holidays can be a joy-filled season, but they can also be stressful and especially challenging for those impacted by mental illness. A NAMI study showed that 64% of people with mental illness report holidays make their conditions worse. “For many people the holiday season is not always the most wonderful time of the year,” said…

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“On Hearing Voices” – A sermon by Rev. Cindy McCalmont

“On Hearing Voices” Reverend Cindy McCalmont Willow Glen United Methodist Church May 5, 2019 Acts 9:1-20 Revelation 5:11-14 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…

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