Contributions From Carole Wills
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)
This organization offers free peer-led education courses and support programs of family members, individuals with a mental health illness, and the general public. They also have an interfaith resource to provide resources to congregational leaders.
Wounded Warrior, Wounded Home: Hope and Healing for Families Living with PTSD and TBI
Written by the wife of a wounded Navy Seal veteran, this resource weaves the author's experience with 25 other spouses to help military families address the challenges of post-traumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury.
American Association of Pastoral Counselors
The American Association of Pastoral Counselors is dedicated to bringing healing, hope and wholeness to individuals and families by integrating spirituality and psychology into all their care, counseling, and psychotherapy training, programs and endeavors. Their core values include "excellence in practice, accountability and ethics; respect for the rich diversity of human life...religion, spirituality; ongoing critical analysis and revision of their practice and organization; and lifelong personal, spiritual and professional formation." Collaborative partnerships with religious institutions and mental health-related community organizations provide a broad base for their strong leadership and visibility in training faith leaders, lay persons and behavioral health partners. In addition to being a certifying agency for institutions which offer degree programs in professional Pastoral Counseling, the AAPC offers training for clergy, students and lay counselors as Pastoral Care Specialists. Their website lists counseling centers and pastoral counselors across the country.
Mental Health: A Guide for Faith Leaders
This web resource offers a professional yet succinct overview of mental health issues, written in lay language, and summarizes the basics about common mental illnesses, suicide, diagnosis, treatment, the connection between mental and physical conditions, recovery, wellness and building resilience while also addressing the many ways in which faith leaders can provide support for people with mental illnesses.
Is Your Congregation a Clergy Killer? How Church-goers Matter to the Mental Health of Pastors
This web resource includes a study of 1,500 ministers in the Duke Clergy Health Initiative Longitudinal Survey which revealed that 28 percent of ministers said "they had at one time been forced to leave their jobs because of personal attacks and criticism from a small fraction of their congregations", and offers suggested ways church-goers could contribute to the health and well-being of their minister.
Faith.Hope.Life. is a suicide prevention web resource for all faith traditions, equipping them to focus one day or Sabbath each year on values common to most faith traditions: hope, community, reasons to live, the value of life and support. The website addresses challenging questions, support and how to respond to someone who may be suicidal.
Spirituality, Neuroplasticity and Personal Growth
This web resource, by Christian psychiatrist and author Curt Thompson, provides a YouTube lecture "Spirituality, Neuroplasticity and Personal Growth" which instructs the audience to explore relational and psychological problem solving from the perspective of recent findings in neuroscience.