Congregational Resource Guide
Finding the right resources for your congregation
In her article, "The Church's Voice on Mental Illness," Carole Wills challenges faith communities to move beyond the silence, ignorance, and prejudice that so often characterize congregational members in their relations with persons who suffer from mental illness. Wills, of the National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) Indianapolis, reveals several cases illustrating how congregations fail to understand and respond to the reality of mental illness. She believes that education can change attitudes and create a "mission-driven response to the needs of the mentally ill." To that end, she has developed an extensive and fully annotated list of more than forty mental health ministry resources. Here the reader will find printed and audio-visual resources for faith communities, pastoral caregivers, and the general public, as well as mental health-related organizations. From this list, Wills has also developed a shorter report of those resources that are most highly recommended. Caring congregations who are ready to give persons with mental illness a place in their communities will find no better place to start than with this report and resource guide.