NAMI seeks to work in the community in a number of ways. Faith groups are one aspect of daily life where NAMI has had great opportunities to improve the lives of individuals and the families & others dedicated to care for them.
NAMI's effort to assist faith communities is found in the faithNet initiative.
One such effort was The Gathering on Mental Health and the Church, in 2014. Rick Warren & Bishop Kevin Vann co-hosted the event, along with NAMI of Orange County.
Download the conference workbook and browse through the 30 hours of presentations provided at this conference. It will help you understand how faith communities can play a vital role is supporting and caring for the suffering among us.
The event was held in the Spring of 2014. It started out as a local effort, held in the wake of Pastor Warren's son's death. The Warrens were assisted by the local NAMI affiliate (Orange County NAMI) and the diocese of Orange County Roman Catholic Church. When the conference registration exceeded capacity and even an overflow tent became packed, the decision was made to turn this into a nationwide webcast.
We do not endorse everything every speaker might say. With 25 speakers representing different backgrounds and expertise, you'll undoubtedly hear statements you disagree with. Each speaker represents himself or herself, not the Roman Catholic Diocese of Orange County, Saddleback Church, or NAMI-OC.