NAMI FaithNet as an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities to be welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental health conditions.
NAMI FaithNet will strive 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 and for whom faith is a key component.
NAMI-DAC is currently establishing a chapter of the NAMI FaithNet initiative. Please join with us to work on this critical program to improve mental health care and services in Dona Ana County.
As part of our mission to educate, advocate, and listen to the needs of our community in regards to Mental Health, NAMI-DAC has partnered with the Dona Ana County Health and Human Services Department, the New Mexico Association of Counties, as well as local law enforcement agencies and mental health care providers to address gaps in services and resources available to those living with mental health conditions. These are the people who too often end up in our criminal justice system.
We want to prevent these negative outcomes. We have identified several areas where we can improve our health care and justice systems, and ways our community can expand its support to a population that is often neglected. NAMI-DAC’s goal is for FaithNet to listen to the ideas of local faith communities, integrate them into a larger strategic plan, and then coordinate and implement their ideas into their respective faith communities.
These ideas have been already identified:
- Provide information for resources lessen the need for 911 calls by finding better ways to help people with mental health conditions who are in crisis.
- Establish volunteer service programs in faith communities, geared toward providing structure and jobs to persons with mental health conditions who are re-entering the community.
- Provide education programs to reduce stigma regarding mental health conditions and open the discussion of mental health within faith communities. The goal is to help persons with mental health conditions to re-enter their chosen faith community. In addition, we also want to help people in faith communities who are affected by mental health conditions. This includes family members and friends of someone with a mental health condition, as well as people living with their own mental health condition.