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Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration Center for Mental Health Services

Last Updated: 6/22/2012

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Faith & Spirituality

Evidence is growing of the value that faith-based organizations offer to people with mental illnesses.

Faith-based communities often contribute to recovery by promoting hope and by offering solace and comfort in troubled times; and many consumers acknowledge the positive impact of spirituality and faith on their recovery and ability to cope with life's stresses.

However, not all faith-based organizations are equally knowledgeable about how best to serve people with mental health disorders.

The information available on this Web page can help faith-based communities - both clergy and congregants - increase their awareness of mental health issues and find ways to welcome and support people with mental illnesses, thus reducing discrimination and increasing social inclusion.

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.