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The Church Responds to Mental Health, Part 3: FaithNet

with Annie Schmidt and Penny Carlo

March 24 @ 11:00 am 12:00 pm


The Center for Leadership Excellence invites you to to the third of three webinars with NAMI focused on mental health. This final webinar focuses on the church and how congregations can create ministries and inclusive spaces that are welcoming to persons and families living with mental illness. Whether your church has a large budget or a small one, this webinar will offer concrete ways to get involved in supporting those who struggle with mental health.

About the Webinar:

NAMI FaithNet is a resource network of NAMI members, friends, clergy, and congregations of all faith traditions who wish to encourage faith communities who are welcoming and supportive of persons and families living with mental illness. This presentation will provide information on action steps to ensure a more inclusive and welcoming faith community, suggestions for practices that can be implemented within your congregation, and a discussion on challenges and successes based on one congregation’s journey in creating a mental health ministry.

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About the Speakers

Annie Schmidt has served as the Executive Director for NAMI of Wake County since May 2018. Prior to Annie’s arrival, NAMI Wake had been entirely operated by volunteers for over thirty years. Within her tenure, she has worked towards making the organization more sustainable, equitable, and inclusive. Annie received her M.S. in Family, Youth, and Community Sciences from the University of Florida and B.A. in International Studies and Peace, Justice, and Conflict Resolution from DePaul University. Her background includes collaborating with community organizations to provide wrap-around services in Title 1 schools and program planning and evaluation for child welfare programs at the Confederated Tribes of Grand Ronde.

Penny Carlo graduated with both a BSN and an MSN for the University of North Carolina in Chapel Hill. Her nursing career included teaching at the University of Maryland School of Nursing in the undergraduate and graduate programs and serving as the Vice President of Operations for the Home Health Division of the Medstar Health System in Maryland and Washington, DC. After returning to Raleigh and to White Memorial Presbyterian Church in 2018, she joined a task force at WMPC that was charged with organizing a Mental Health and Wellness Ministry. This Ministry is currently involved in mental health educational programing and preparing members to participate in mental health support activities. Mrs Carlo’s interest in mental health issues has been greatly fostered by her participation in NAMI educational programs and activities.

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