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A Few Local Events to Consider

posted Aug 25, 2019, 6:22 AM by Website Director

1) August 25th,  Kevin Hines, Suicide: The Ripple Effect - Warsaw, (various events) see below FREE (see info below)  REGISTER HERE

2) Sept 10th,  5th Annual Candlelight Ceremony for Suicide Loss/World Suicide Prevention Day, Fort Wayne, 6:30 pm FREE (see attached):

2) Oct 22nd,  Autism & Suicide Prevention: Strategies for Positive Outcomes, Fort Wayne, morning & evening sessions, $15-$25 (see attached):

NAMI 2019 Run White and Blue

posted Jul 27, 2019, 12:02 PM by Website Director   [ updated Jul 28, 2019, 5:26 AM ]


Run White and Blue 2019

Results are in for our Run, White and Blue 5K

Thank you for your support!
Thu July 4, 2019
Fort Wayne, IN US 46807 Directions

To our growing list of Sponsors.
We Thank You!

Park Center



Kona IceBy His Grace Consigned Designs

Pizza Hut

Panera Bread


Grace Christian Church


posted Jan 25, 2019, 10:23 PM by Website Director

St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Grant Approved!

posted Jul 13, 2018, 8:25 AM by Website Director

NEWS RELEASE—For Immediate Release
July 10, 2018

NAMI Fort Wayne is Approved to Receive a $10,000 Grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation

NAMI Fort Wayne, the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, has been approved to receive a $10,000 grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation to support the operation of its FaithNet program, an educational program on mental illness for all faith communities. The announcement was made by the Foundation’s executive director, Meg Distler, on June 14, 2018.

NAMI’s mission is to improve the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness by providing free support, education, and public policy advocacy. Through FaithNet, NAMI Fort Wayne encourages faith communities to be welcoming and supportive, reduces the stigma of mental illness by advancing knowledge of mental disorders, and promotes the vital role of spirituality in the recovery of people who live with mental health conditions.

“We feel blessed to be able to invest in your program in this 20th anniversary year of the Foundation,” Distler said in the letter of announcement to NAMI President Angela McMahon. “This enables us to keep alive the 150-year legacy of our Sponsor, the Poor Handmaids of Jesus Christ, of helping to make sure that everyone in this community is able to access quality care for their mind, body and spirit.”

Mental health conditions are common and can happen to anyone. People often turn first to faith communities in times of crisis, so congregations can find themselves in the role of “first responder” to someone in need of understanding, support, and encouragement. NAMI’s FaithNet program includes information on how to help those who may be struggling.

“We are grateful for the support of the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation and honored to be entrusted to address this need.” McMahon said.

Lyla F. says that by reaching out to her congregation, NAMI Fort Wayne helped her find the accepting community she had been searching for. She had felt encouraged during a FaithNet presentation to disclose her mental illness.

“It is a lot easier to speak up when you have your organization's backing, and it's a lot easier to be happy with your life when you are able to talk about your thoughts and feelings and experiences with people who understand what you are going through. Thanks, NAMI! Thanks, FaithNet!” Lyla said.

Lyla now regularly attends NAMI events and has been trained to facilitate NAMI peer support group meetings.

Faith & Spirituality from the Pages of NAMI National

posted May 19, 2018, 4:54 PM by Website Director   [ updated May 19, 2018, 5:51 PM ]

 Faith and Spirituality

Faith & Spirituality

As we learn more and more about the connections between the mind and body, it becomes clear that spirituality, religion and faith can help some individuals live well with mental health conditions. Some individuals and families turn to faith in times of crisis to help in their recovery while others find that spiritual practices help them continue to manage their mental health.

How Faith Can Help

Research has shown that for some, religion and individual spirituality can directly improve our physical and mental health.


One practice that has received a lot of attention is contemplative prayer and meditation. Many studies have found that 10-20 minutes of meditation twice a day causes what is called the "relaxation response": decreased metabolism, decreased heart rate, decreased breathing rate and slower, calmer brain waves.

The relaxation response was originally observed in practitioners of Transcendental Meditation, a form of Buddhist meditation, but subsequent research has found the relaxation response can result from other contemplative practices as well. The daily ritual prayers of Islam and the Catholic practice of praying with rosary beads, for instance, are religious rituals that invoke the relaxation response.


Religion offers other supports for mental health as well. In the United States, the Christian practice of congregational prayer is so popular that it now exists even in Asian religions such as American Buddhism and Hinduism, which didn't traditionally gather as a community once a week. One of the most popular ways to interact with the community is to attend congregational gatherings such as Sunday church, Saturday Torah readings, prayer meetings or full-moon celebrations at Hindu temples.

These group religious rituals provide structured social activities that cause relatively little anxiety and benefit our health directly. Places of worship may also offer a number of resources and social activities that can encourage and support people living with a mental health condition and their families, providing additional benefits through community connections

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A Sense of Understanding

Helping Others

What Makes a Good Faith Community?

A Welcoming Community

Actions That You Practice On Your Own

It Speaks to Your Needs

How You Can Help Your Faith Community

Tools and Resources for Faith Community Leaders


posted Mar 9, 2018, 7:02 PM by Website Director   [ updated Mar 12, 2018, 9:51 AM ]


February 20, 2018

NAMI Fort Wayne
Lutheran Foundation
Receives Grant from
The Lutheran Foundation
for Development of FaithNet Program

NAMI Fort Wayne (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has received a grant from The Lutheran Foundation in the amount of $12,200 to assist in the development of NAMI’s FaithNet Program.  FaithNet is an educational program on mental illness for faith communities.

NAMI Fort Wayne is the local affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, the nation’s largest grassroots organization focused on improving the lives of individuals and families living with mental illness through education, support groups, and advocacy. With the help of the grant, NAMI Fort Wayne will further the development of FaithNet, a mental health outreach program that encourages communities of all faith traditions to be welcoming and supportive of members who struggle with the effects of mental illness.  The Fort Wayne program was launched late in 2017 with the goal to reduce the stigma of mental illness by advancing the knowledge of mental disorders and promoting the vital role of spirituality in recovery.   

Through the program, teams of volunteers visit faith communities upon request to present Bridges of Hope, a PowerPoint of facts and statistics on mental illness coupled with the presenters’ personal stories.  The 40-minute presentations demonstrate ways in which faith-based communities can help remove the stigma of mental illness and create hope.  Presenters provide folders of information as well as a resource book and the link to The Lutheran Foundation’s website and 24-hour helpline.  

Promotion of FaithNet has led to other significant opportunities for NAMI to spread its message, such as preliminary conversations with church leaders who have not yet committed to host a Bridges of Hope presentation, participation in a panel discussion, and presentations made to secular communities.  NAMI is prepared to follow-up with continuing support.

One in 5 Americans lives with a mental health condition.  Since people often turn to faith communities for help in times of crisis, faith leaders, more than any other professional group, find themselves in the role of “counselor.”  It is important to know how to approach someone who may be struggling.

“Since NAMI Fort Wayne’s Out of the Shadows Conference for faith leaders in 2015, we have been aware of great interest and need in our community for this type of program,” said NAMI Fort Wayne President Angela McMahon.  “We are honored to be entrusted by The Lutheran Foundation to address that need.”

Any religious organization interested in the program is encouraged to contact the FaithNet coordinator at


$10,000 Grant

posted Jun 30, 2017, 2:43 PM by Website Director

NAMI Fort Wayne Receives a $10,000 Grant from
The St. Joseph Community Health Foundation


NAMI Fort Wayne (National Alliance on Mental Illness) has been awarded a grant from the St. Joseph Community Health Foundation in the amount of $10,000 to develop FaithNet, an educational program on mental illness for communities of all faith traditions. The announcement was made on June 17, 2017, by Foundation Executive Director Margaret Distler.

The goals of the FaithNet program are to encourage welcoming and supportive congregations of all faith traditions, reduce the stigma of mental illness by advancing knowledge of mental disorders, and promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery of people who live with mental health conditions for whom faith is a key component.

The grant funds will be used to develop a local FaithNet program based on the NAMI national and State models where volunteers are trained to be FaithNet presenters and scheduled to make presentations to groups and organizations upon request.

"Crisis Proportions"

posted Feb 10, 2016, 10:40 AM by Website Director   [ updated Feb 10, 2016, 10:51 AM ]

NAMI Warns Senate about Criminalization of Mental Illness; Supports Cornyn Bill
WASHINGTON, Feb. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) today warned the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee that criminalization of people living with mental illness has reached "crisis proportions" and called for support of federal, state and local reforms to overcome failings in both the mental health care and criminal justice systems.
In written testimony submitted to a committee hearing on "Breaking the Cycle: Mental Health and the Justice System," NAMI Senior Policy Advisor Ronald S. Honberg presented NAMI's support of S.2002, the Mental Health and Safe Communities Act, introduced by Senator John Cornyn of Texas. 
Approximately 20% of all federal and state prisoners have serious mental illness. An estimated two million are admitted to jails each year. Incarceration usually leads to worsening of psychiatric symptoms. In jails, the cost of providing care for adults with mental illness is two to three times greater than that for other inmates. It costs less to put non-violent individuals with mental illness into treatment than to put them in jail. Diversion is both cost effective and humane.
NAMI emphasized its strong support for several initiatives reflected in S. 2002, including:
·        Creation of a specialized National Criminal Justice and Mental Health Training and Technical Assistance Center.
·        Crisis Intervention Team (CIT) programs for law enforcement officers and other first responders to people in crisis.
·        Specialized mental health or drug courts to divert offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders from federal prosecution or federal custody into treatment.
·        Forensic assertive community treatment (ACT) programs for offenders with mental illness and co-occurring disorders. 
·        Improved treatment in correctional facilities.
·        National data collection on interactions between people with mental illness and the criminal justice system, including those killed or seriously injured in confrontations with police.
In addition, NAMI declared, federal action "will yield significant benefits through reduced recidivism, enhanced public safety, and most importantly, giving people chances to recover and lead meaningful, productive lives."
Honberg noted the importance of "never giving up on people."  NAMI's members include many who were once involved with criminal justice systems and are now in recovery leading productive lives as contributing members of society.
About NAMI
NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation's largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness.
Bob Carolla
Communications & Public Affairs
NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness)
3803 North Fairfax Drive
Arlington, VA 22203

How Do We Fix America’s Mental Health Care System?

posted Jan 28, 2016, 10:47 AM by Website Director   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 11:09 AM ]

At the end of February at the Newseum in Washington, D.C., the Hill hosted a event on the economic and human consequences of policies that limit access to treatment to mental health services. The event, entitled Fixing America’s Mental Healthcare System, featured policy leaders in a discussion about limited access to treatment for people living with mentally illness.

The event included a keynote interview with Senator Chris Murphy (D-Conn.) and Congressman Tim Murphy (R-Pa.), followed by a case study presented by Dr. Seth Seabury, of the USC Schaeffer Center for Health Policy and Economics and a panel discussion with four leaders in the mental health care movement.

>>Read more


posted Jan 28, 2016, 8:26 AM by Website Director   [ updated Jan 28, 2016, 8:26 AM ]

The latest NAMI news stories, blogs and upcoming events from

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