The Mental Health and Faith Community Partnership is a collaboration between psychiatrists and clergy aimed at fostering a dialogue between two fields, reducing stigma, and accounting for medical and spiritual dimensions as people seek care. The convening organizations are APA, the APA Foundation and the Interfaith Disability Advocacy Coalition, a program of the American Association of People with Disabilities.
The partnership provides an opportunity for psychiatrists and the mental health community to learn from spiritual leaders, to whom people often turn in times of mental distress. At the same time it provides an opportunity to improve understanding of the best science and evidence based treatment for psychiatric illnesses among faith leaders and those in the faith community.
Resources for Faith Leaders
- A Conception of the Interface Connecting Faith and Mental Health, Clark S. Aist, Ph.D.
- The Interface between Religion/Spirituality and Mental Health, John Peteet, M.D.
- A Call to Healing, Craig Rennebohm, M.Div.
- Mental Illness and Families of Faith: How Congregations Can Respond, Susan Gregg-Schroeder
- World Psychiatric Association Section on Religion, Spirituality and Psychiatry
- Bibliography of Faith/Mental Health Resources
- Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention Faith Communities Task Force
For more information, contact Amy Porfiri at [email protected].