(Submitted by National Alliance on Mental Illness)
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Wood County invites the public to participate in our FaithNet presentation called Bridges of Hope on May 23. The presentation will be held at the Wood County Library from 1:30-2:30 p.m. NAMI FaithNet is not a religious network but rather an outreach to all religious organizations. It has had significant success in doing so because all the major religions have the basic tenets of giving care and showing compassion to those in need.
NAMI FaithNet respects all religious beliefs. It also recognizes the expression by the majority of those affected by mental illness of the importance of the role of their spirituality in their ability to cope with having one of these illnesses themselves or in caring for an ill friend or family member. NAMI FaithNet encourages all those who are affected by a mental illness, who are also members of a faith community, to talk to their clergy person about mental illness and the role their faith is playing in their lives.
Please call NAMI Wood County at 419-352-0626 or go on-line at firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Since 1987 NAMI Wood County has offered free classes and support groups to all community members who live with or care about someone dealing with mental illness. It is one of over 1,200 affiliates across the nation that offer support, education, and advocacy for the mentally ill and their loved ones. NAMI’s mission is to provide help and hope, and to replace myths and fears about biological brain disorders with facts.
NAMI and its many state and local affiliates have supported legislative change and insurance parity reform. NAMI Wood County has trained police officers and first responders to intervene appropriately with individuals in a mental health crisis. It is fortunate to have support from the Wood County Alcohol, Drug Addiction and Mental Health Services Board. For more information on NAMI Wood County and its programs, call the office at 419-352-0626, go on-line at email@example.com, or visit the organization’s website at namiwoodcounty.org.