Religion and Spirituality

We have an upcoming webinar on Religion and the role of peer specialists. For more information go here!

Toolkits/Monographs/Guidebooks

Developing Welcoming Faith Communities

This document provides an overview of what is available to faith-based communities, religious congregations, and mental health organizations that want to connect people with mental health conditions and their families to congregational life. A questionnaire about ‘welcoming religious communities’ was sent to mailing lists at both the Clearinghouse and the Collaborative and received 101 responses from church leaders, peers, and family members, all of whom work within their congregations on inclusion projects. The questionnaires allowed for respondents to describe their mental health outreach activities to us, as well as discuss common barriers to establishing welcoming congregations they experience and their strategies that have helped create welcoming congregations within well-established mental health ministries.

Welcoming Congregations Fact sheet for Consumers

This Religious and Spiritual communities fact sheet provides consumers with a resource that defines religious communities and explains some barriers, as well as stigmas, they are likely to face and solutions to them. The fact sheets explain why religion and spirituality are important as well as giving tips and ideas on how to increase participation.

Welcoming Congregations Fact Sheet for Providers

This Religious and Spiritual communities fact sheet provides providers with a resource that defines religious communities and explains some barriers that their participants might face and solutions to those barriers. The fact sheet explains why religion and spirituality are important as well as giving tips and ideas on how to increase participation.

Helping People Connect to the Religious Congregations and Spiritual Groups of their Choice: The Role of Peer Specialists

This document provides an overview of what is available to faith-based communities, religious congregations, and mental health organizations that want to connect people with mental health conditions and their families to congregational life. A questionnaire about ‘welcoming religious communities’ was sent to mailing lists at both the Clearinghouse and the Collaborative and received 101 responses from church leaders, peers, and family members, all of whom work within their congregations on inclusion projects. The questionnaires allowed for respondents to describe their mental health outreach activities to us, as well as discuss common barriers to establishing welcoming congregations they experience and their strategies that have helped create welcoming congregations within well-established mental health ministries.