NAMI DeKalb Reaches Out to Faith Leaders
July 12th 2017 – NAMI DeKalb held their fourth Mental Health and Faith Seminar at St John Apostolic Holiness Church in Tucker in honor of Minority Mental Health Awareness Month. Pastor Wanda Cail brought together a diverse group of 25 African American pastors to discuss mental health issues and how to create welcoming and affirming congregations. Information about mental health was presented along with moving personal testimonies given by Alisa Porter, NAMI DeKalb Program Director and person with lived experience, and Janice Ross, NAMI DeKalb Board Member and Family Member. Attendees were galvanized to work toward reducing mental illness stigma in the African American Community and lead their churches in advocating for the rights of those living with mental health conditions. This program was made possible with funding from NAMI FaithNet.