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Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Resource Organizations

American Association of Pastoral Counselors
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors (AAPC) is a membership and certification organization working to train individuals to provide spiritually-informed counseling and collaborative community-based services. Certified pastoral counselors are licensed mental health professionals who also have religious or theological training and work as non-sectarian counselors. The AAPC Web site hosts a referral directory of individuals certified through their programs as well as information about their training programs, their services centers, and their affiliates.

Faith Connections on Mental Illness
Faith Connections on Mental Illness works with faith communities of all denominations to educate their communities on mental illness and recovery, support individuals and their families who may be coping with mental health issues, and to advocate with other social justice initatives for social inclusion and respect. The organization hosts an annual conference and works to connect key players in the field.

Caring Clergy Project
Sponsored by the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness, this project seeks to educate faith community leaders about mental health problems and provide them resources to support them in helping their community members who may be in crisis. This includes information on starting spirituality support groups, recognizing signs of crises and how to appropriately respond, and also referring individuals to appropriate mental health services within their communities.

Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
The Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI) seeks to educate and support religious leaders of all denominations to help them to become able to identify potential mental health issues and reach out to members of their congregation who may be experiencing mental health problems. INMI recognizes that faith often plays an important role in the process of recovery and wants to ensure that religious communities are welcoming of individuals with mental health challenges and can provide inclusive and supportive communities for them.

Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors, Inc. (TAPS)
TAPS provides ongoing emotional help, hope, and healing to all who grieve the death of a loved one in military service to America, regardless of relationship to the deceased, geography, and circumstance of the death. TAPS provides a national network of peer-based emotional support, casualty case work assistance, crisis intervention, and grief and trauma resources.

FaithNet NAMI is a network composed of members and friends of NAMI. It was established for the purposes of (1) facilitating the development within the Faith Community of a non-threatening, supportive environment for those with serious mental illness and their families, (2) pointing out the value of one's spirituality in the recovery process from mental illness and the need for spiritual strength for those who are caretakers, (3) educating clergy and congregations concerning the biologic basis and characteristics of mental illness, and (4) encouraging advocacy of the Faith Community to bring about hope and help for all who are affected by mental illness.

Mental Health Ministries
Mental Health Ministries (MHM) is an ecumenical program through the California-Pacific Conference of the United Methodist Church. A faith-based educational outreach program, MHM markets its resources through its Web site. MHM provides high-quality media and print resources to educate clergy and other people of faith in order to decrease negative attitudes, misconceptions, and stereotypes associated with mental health problems in faith communities.

The Presbyterian Serious Mental Illness Network
The Presbyterian Serious Mental Illness Network is an association of Presbyterians who believe that within its mission of Health and Healing, all people and structures of the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) are called to ministry and mission with those affected by serious mental illness whether they be challenged individuals, their families, friends or care-providers.

The Episcopal Mental Illness Network
The Episcopal Mental Illness Network (EMIN) provides resources for Episcopalians about mental health problems and how to include people with lived experience of these problems in the Church. An important part of EMIN's mission is to reduce biases against people with mental health problems and remove barriers that otherwise would keep these people and their families from full participation in their churches.

Pathways to Promise
Pathways to Promise is an interfaith technical assistance and resource center which offers liturgical and educational materials, program models, and networking information to promote a caring ministry with people with mental illness and their families.

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This Web site was developed under contract with the Office of Consumer Affairs in SAMHSA’s Center for Mental Health Services. The views, opinions, and content provided on this Web site do not necessarily reflect the views, opinions, or policies of SAMHSA or HHS. The resources listed in this Web site are not all-inclusive and inclusion on this Web site does not constitute an endorsement by SAMHSA or HHS.