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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The Hardest Job At NAMI Santa Clara County by Moryt Milo

Information provides empowerment. Empathy brings solace, and out of chaos comes clarity. The NAMI Warmline has the people and tools to shepherd a caller through each one of these critical moments. Oftentimes, the need can be all three at once. Kathy Forward, former executive director of NAMI Santa Clara County, said, “The Warmline is the…

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HOW DID YOU FIND NAMI-SCC? By Moryt Milo

The path to NAMI is as diverse as the people who find it. The individual may be a consumer, a parent, sibling, spouse or friend. The need may be due to a horrific event like suicide, being jailed, failed hospitalizations or the shutdown of a board and care facility. All these paths have one common…

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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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