St. Joseph Community Health Foundation Grant Approved!

Post date: Jul 13, 2018 3:25:56 PM

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.