About the Interfaith Network on Mental Illness (INMI)
Our mission is to increase awareness and understanding of mental illness among clergy, staff, lay leaders and members of faith communities and help them more effectively develop and nurture supportive environments for persons dealing with mental illnesses and their families and friends.
INMI envisions a future in which people freely seek the mental health services they need without fear of embarrassment or stigma. Faith communities are leading a cultural shift that permeates our society with compassion for people with mental illnesses and their families.
Read a short summary of our accomplishments/highlights from 2014.
Read a short summary of our accomplishments/highlights from 2013.
INMI board of directors
- Sue Brightman, spiritual support advocate (secretary)
- Rabbi Deborah Bronstein, Rabbi Emerita, Congregation Har HaShem
- Marc Esenwein, Boulder Valley Unitarian Universalist Fellowship, Boulder Valley Community Action Network leader (treasurer)
- Diana Hoguet, mental health advocate
- Rev. Alan Johnson, First Congregational Church (chair)
- Jed Shapiro, M.D., Jewish Buddhist
- Kathy Naman, MA, LPC, Shambhala Meditation Center
- Leandra Price, DNP, mental health nurse, Broomfield United Methodist Church
- Anne Weiher, Ph.D, person in recovery (vice chair)
- Susan Williams, Executive Director, Windhorse Guild; Immaculate Conception Catholic Parish
In October 2007, NAMI (the National Alliance on Mental Illness) Boulder County, with the support of the Mental Health Center Serving Boulder and Broomfield Counties (now called Mental Health Partners) and Boulder County Aging Services, organized a conference, "Mental Health and Faith Communities: Sharing the Promise of Hope and Healing." Approximately 100 people from 20 faith communities in Boulder and Broomfield counties attended the conference. The conference was the seed from which INMI sprouted.
INMI operated as an outreach program of NAMI Boulder County until December 2010, when it became a standalone organization. INMI was recognized by the Internal Revenue Service as a 501(c)3 tax exempt organization in February 2011.
Over the last several years, INMI has offered a series of conferences, workshops and other events for clergy (pastors, ministers, priests, rabbis, imams, etc.), staff and lay leaders of faith communities in Boulder and Broomfield counties. See a list of the conferences and programs INMI has sponsored.
In addition to its local programs, in April 2011 INMI launched a separate website, The Caring Clergy Project, for faith community leaders anywhere.
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