The NAMI Syracuse board has formed a new committee. Our purpose to is reach out to our faith based communities. We want to get the word out about the supports and education NAMI offers to families.
We are starting out slowly so we don’t overextend ourselves. We need your help. NAMI has a site online with articles and information about how to reach out to faith communities. Below is an excerpt from their website:
NAMI FaithNet is a resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.
NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component.
Through this website and through efforts nationally and in local communities, NAMI and NAMI Affiliates encourage an exchange of information, tools and other resources which will help educate and inspire faith communities about mental illness and the vital role spirituality plays in recovery for many.
NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but includes an effort to outreach to all religious organizations.
What can you do?
If this speaks to your heart, get involved. Call the NAMI office 487-2085 for an information packet to post on a bulletin board at your church/temple. Put brochures on an information table. Talk to your minister about hosting a presentation by NAMI speakers to educate your congregation or adult education group. The more we get the word out that NAMI is there to support and educate families, we can ease the journey for families affected by mental illness.
We can encourage faith communities to welcome our loved ones. There are many who want to help but don’t know how. Let’s open the discussion in our faith communities.
Thank you for your efforts.