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Duke Clergy Health Initiative

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Through our multi-year wellness intervention and behavioral health study – Spirited Life – and other programs and resources, the Clergy Health Initiative underscores the theological reasons for caring for oneself and offers strategies to help pastors develop holistic health practices.

First Husbands

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In the past, many congregations considered a clergy spouse to be a de facto part of the staff – a sort of two-for-one deal.  Pastors' wives led the choir, taught Sunday School and organized social events.  They were at their husbands' sides every time the church or temple doors were open.   With today's dual-career families, those old patterns no longer hold.  Spousal roles, as a result, are less clearly defined.  And for men who are the "first husbands" of their congregations, it's a whole ...

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness

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This site offers information, public education, services, and support to those dealing with mental illness. Offers links to local NAMI organizations, support groups, and further resources

National Child Traumatic Stress Network

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An information bank that works to provide resources to a wide range of healthcare providers, researchers, families, and organizations. A good resource for adults and adolescents as well.

Not "Whose Fault Is It?" sermon

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NAMI FaithNet is an interfaith 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. NAMI FaithNet strives to encourage welcoming, caring congregations as well as to promote the vital role of spirituality in the recovery journeys of many who live with mental health conditions, those for whom faith is a key component. - See more at: htt...

Say It Out Loud

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One in five teens lives with a mental health condition and yet more than half are not getting the help they need. Stigma remains a huge barrier to teens seeking help. Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens in faith-based or community youth groups. 

Setting Healthy Goals: Tips for Families

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For many of us, resolutions are grandly made and easily broken. Why? Because a resolution is just that—a decision. To make a life change, you need more than a decision. You need a plan. The plan is the guide to put your decision into action so that you can reach your goal. It's up to you to take steps to get closer to your goal. Learning how to set goals takes practice.

Stop Trying to Work Things Out on Your Own

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Do you ever find yourself working hard to work things out on your own instead of trusting God to work it out? I dare say we have all found ourselves doing that at some point in our life. I think we as women especially try to do that because we are always looking at the “big picture” and want to know all the details. Usually what ends up happening is we mess it all up! God doesn’t always reveal the details to us and we need to learn to trust Him with situations knowing He has a plan. One of my ...

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Association (SAMHSA)

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An informational website with resources of its own (two are included below) regarding substance use and abuse and evidence based interventions.

Nine Secrets Your Pastor's Wife Wishes You Knew

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Pastor's spouses from different types of congregational settings (large church, small church, thriving church and dying church) were asked the question, "If you could tell the church a few things about your role as a pastor's wife, what would you say?" Interestingly, the responses were almost identical and grouped into nine categories. This article would be helpful to read as a spouse, pastor or discussed with a SPR Committee. Bottom line: "Your pastor's spouse is a human being that desires to ...

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