NAMI Minnesota recognizes that:
A person’s faith and spirituality are part of the overall treatment and recovery process for mental illness.
Stigma, secrecy and shame are among the great obstacles that cause people to wait to receive help for their mental health and for the health of their loved ones. Faith communities play an important role in reducing these obstacles.
The way in which people of faith, in their community and in the broader world, can live out their faith is through justice, education, and care for one another.
For people who find no welcome in the larger community, being welcomed in a house of prayer by a concerned and caring community can make a critical difference for individuals with mental illnesses and their families. Churches, synagogues, mosques and other places of worship can help families learn more about mental illnesses. They can open their doors and their hearts to people living with a mental illness and be a supportive presence in their ongoing recovery.
NAMI Minnesota works closely with faith-based communities throughout Minnesota to provide education, support, and advocacy for people living with a mental illness, their families, and professionals in pastoral care. We are grateful for the many donations of event space at your houses of worship for our support groups and educational programs.
NAMI Minnesota is a member of the Depression Support Coalition, a faith-based interdenominational group of churches whose mission is to inform, educate, support, and cultivate a community of spiritual hope for those affected by depression – as well as their families. Formed in 2009, there are over 15 congregations in the south metro area that are a part of this coalition.
If you are interested in developing a mental health ministry at your faith community, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 651.645.2948 x113.
- NAMI FaithNet
- Depression Support Coalition
- Interfaith Action of Greater Saint Paul (SPIN)
- Minnesota Council of Churches
- Basilica of St. Mary
- Jewish Family & Children’s Services of Minneapolis
- Jewish Family Services of St. Paul
- Mt. Olivet Lutheran Church Counseling Services
- St. Joan of Arc Mental Illness Ministry
- Bethlehem Lutheran Church