Bridges of Hope
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Bridges of Hope

Faith Communities and NAMI




Bridges of Hope is a new program being offered by NAMI Maine as part of its NAMI FaithNet programming.  Its purpose is to educate clergy, congregations and other spiritual communities about mental illness so that they can create stronger safety nets and welcoming communities for people living with serious mental illness and their families.  Members of faith, interfaith or spiritual communities who have been trained in the NAMI Bridges of Hope Program are available to bring this non-denominational presentation to your congregation.  Our presenters may be ordained or lay members of their particular congregations or communities representing specific faith traditions as well as interfaith perspectives. All presenters have personal and/or professional connections with people living with mental health challenges and understand the importance that faith and spirituality can have in health and healing.

What’s included in this presentation

  • A three-part PowerPoint presentation:

o   Section I - What is mental illness?  How does it impact individuals, families, and communities?

o   Section II - What is the role of the faith community in helping people and families touched by serious mental illness?

o   Section III - Who is NAMI and what does it offer to individuals, families and faith communities?

  • May include a speaker(s) who shares their personal story of living with a mental health challenge and their journey of recovery, resiliency and hope. 

Length of the program

  • Depending on your needs it can vary from 1.5 to 2 hours in length.


For more information contact:

Christine Canty Brooks at NAMI Maine 1-800-464-5767, ext. 2305, or


 Bridges of Hope is part of the NAMI Maine FaithNet program offerings.