Across Indiana, more than ever before NAMI affiliates and their members are engaged in support and educational outreach to clergy and communities of faith. NAMI is committed to a holistic approach to health and wellness. That means addressing the whole realm of an individual; the bio-psycho-social-spiritual components of one's personhood.

Outreach through NAMI FaithNet can be the catalyst for changing minds, sharing hope and offering life-saving help. NAMI FaithNet aims to educate faith-based groups about serious mental illnesses by discussing the role which faith communities can have in support and referral, and by telling them about NAMI education, support, and advocacy programs.

Through NAMI FaithNet, we are changing attitudes, touching hearts, and bringing hope.

If your NAMI affiliate or members are building bridges with faith communities, please write Linda Williams at lwilliams@namiindiana.org and tell us about your activities.


FaithNet across Indiana

NAMI Fort Wayne FaithNet - Paula Rice, FaithNet Program Coordinator, faithnet@namifortwayne.org - Learn more

NAMI West Central Indiana FaithNet - contact the office 765-423-6939 - Learn more

NAMI Delaware County FaithNet - contact the office 765-702-3405

Tool Kit

NAMI FaithNet encourages the observance of national awareness campaigns in faith communities. A quick Google search on any of these campaigns will unearth more than enough ideas and tools to plan a strategy.

Start simple. Just choose a month and start planning!

The most common awareness campaigns are:

  • May - Mental Health Month

  • First Week of May - Children's Mental Health Awareness Month

  • July - Minority Mental Health Month

  • September - Suicide Prevention Awareness Month

  • First Week in October - Mental Health Awareness Week

  • October 9 - National Day of Prayer for Mental Illness Awareness and Understanding

  • October 11 - Depression Screening Day

NAMI offers creative tools, logos and activities for promoting awareness.

Partnership of NAMI Indiana and Center for Interfaith Cooperation

Mission

We exist to empower faith leaders to improve the lives of people and families affected by mental health conditions.

Values

​ Connecting faith leaders, mental health providers, and people with lived experience strengthens the community's support network.

Educating faith leaders and the public about mental health and the role of faith reduces stigma and encourages recovery.

​ Advocating for compassionate polices improves the well-being of all people with mental health conditions.


Coming next on Wednesday, November 17, 2021, 12:00 - 1:00 PM via zoom

The theme is "Faith, Culture, and Mental Health". This will be a panel discussion with members of the community. The audience is invited not only to watch and listen but ask questions as well.

Panelists:

Rainie Grant, Community Builder at John Boner Neighborhood Centers and CIC Board Member

Dr. Kavita Pallod Sekhsaria, Clinical Psychologist, KPS Psychotherapy, and National Team Member, Hindu American Foundation

Two Missionaries from the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Register here.

Previous events

October 2021 The Long Haul : How we care for ourselves during these unprecedented times

September 2021 Social Isolation with Jay Foster, Vice President of Spiritual Care, Chaplaincy Services and Congregational Partnerships with Indiana University Health Systems.

April 2021 Communicating in a Crisis

March 2021 NAMI Bridges of Hope Presentation

February 2021 NAMI In Our Own Voice Presentation

January 2021 NAMI Ending the Silence for Teachers/Providers

February 2020 Faith and Eating Disorders with Rev. Darlene Williams - Selah House

January 2020 Dynamics of Domestic Violence with Ash Powell - Domestic Violence Network

November 2019 Voices of Resiience from our Immigrant Neighbors with Rhonda Wolverton - UIndy, Dija Henry, Sebastien del Corral - Hope Haven, Elizabeth Valencia - La Plaza, Harlon Wilson & Kate Voss - Sense Charter

October 2019 The Struggle is Real - Youth talking to Faith Leaders

September 2019 The Second Leading Cause of Death in Youth: Suicide - Kimble Richardson - Community Health Network, Dija Henry - film - Love, Jordan

August 2019 What is Childhood Trauma? Aces, Neurobiology of Trauma and the things that affect Us

June 2019 Prison Ministries

May 2019 Understanding Differences: The LGBTQ+ Community

April 2019 How to Support a Support Group

March 2019 Prevention as Intervention-Protective Factors and Sustained Recovery with Char Burkett-Sims - Adult and Child Health Services and Rev. Dr. Sarah Griffith Lund

February 2019 How and When to Refer with Dr. Arman Siddiqui and Sabrena Suggs

January 2019 Mental Health 101 - Let's Talk about It - NAMI presentation Ending the Silence

Crisis Lines

The Trevor Project is the leading national organization providing crisis intervention and suicide prevention services to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning youth.

Resources