FaithNet

NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness.

To help with the gap between mental health issues and awareness in faith communities, NAMI Charleston has a local FaithNet initiative to educate churches on mental health and make them aware of resources for their congregants.

When Tina Arnoldi, the FaithNet chair, worked in the counseling field, she found that many people did not discuss their mental health issues in the church due to stigma. “Mental health touches everyone,” said Arnoldi. “People of faith are not exempt.”

NAMI is not intended to offer professional help, rather it is a peer-led organization offering support to those with mental illness, their families, and local churches.

The local group has In Our Own Voice presenters who go to churches to share their experiences. Several NAMI members, including Arnoldi, offer short educational Bridges of Hope presentations on mental health.

NAMI members who want to get involved and church communities that are interested in having a presentation at their churches can contact tina.arnoldi@namicharlestonarea.org. As a volunteer-run nonprofit, NAMI Charleston Area welcomes your support.