Mental well-being part of church's holistic ministry vision

Hispanics are more likely than Non-Hispanic whites to suffer from psychological distress, but often lack the resources to deal with it effectively. Comunidad de Gracia recently partnered with the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) to deliver the program “Family to Family”. 

NAMI is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI advocates for access to services, treatment, supports and research and is steadfast in its commitment to raising awareness and building a community of hope for all of those in need.

This 12 week program helped families dealing with the difficulties of having a family member with a mental illness. Subjects covered included healing, medications, treatments and crisis intervention. 

Pastor Nelson Rodriguez of Comunidad de Gracia said, “My father was a bi-polar patient for years. I wish I knew what I know now through this program.”

“Understanding the importance of knowing where to go and what to do is critical for the families,” said Nelson. 

Partnering together with NAMI, Pastor Nelson and other members at Comunidad de Gracia hope to help others in similar situations to the pastor’s.  

“My father passed years ago, and this type of program would have helped us understand and act in the proper way. But I know is not too late to help others deal with similar situations,” said Rodriguez.  

NAMI continues seeking for opportunities to provide this service in the Houston area. They are still looking for partners that can provide space to conduct these sessions. All materials are provided by NAMI and this is a great way to interact with, and serve, the local community. Contact perla@linchouston.org for more information.