What is inclusion? The Episcopal Mental Illness Network defines it and seeks:
- “To seek out and support, through prayer and action, consumers, families and/or service providers in the Episcopal Church whose lives are affected by major psychiatric disorders;
- To help Episcopalians, clergy and laypersons, become aware of the nature of these illnesses and the special needs and gifts of those affected; and
- To reduce the stigma and misconceptions that prevail and to remove those barriers which frequently prevent persons with psychiatric illnesses and their families from participating in the full life of the Church.”
Inclusion of persons with mental health issues in faith-based organizations has created many and diverse interest, study and advocacy groups, listed here.
A theologian writes of inclusion—and the moral and ethical responsibilities of the Church.
FaithNet is hosted by the National Alliance on Mental Illness and provides an array of articles, many autobiographical, of inclusion at work in faith communities. It also serves to encourage and provide assistance in developing inclusive activities.
Mental Health Ministries is a site devoted to organizing education and inclusion activities in any and all faith organizations. There are many resources for organizing, writing, and viewing.
Pathways to Progress is a national assessment, training, and development organization that works with clergy, churches and the community to put active awareness and healing programs into effect.
The Episcopal Mental Illness Network fosters inclusion activities among its congregations and clergy. Under the “Take Action” tab are tests for rating your Church on awareness and actions toward inclusion as well as helps in starting a local mental health ministry.