We recognize different faith traditions may approach matters of mental illness from different perspectives. Some faith communities may not believe that modern medicine of the sort described in this Guide can play a legitimate role in well being. The purpose of this Guide is not to disregard such faiths or beliefs. Rather, for faith communities that accept the value of medicine, or those uncertain about how faith and medicine can interact, this Guide recommends an approach that offers the benefits of both faith and medicine.

Our hope is that faith communities might affirm these principles and identify actionable steps that will demonstrate their unique role as a source of love, community, encouragement, and compassion for people with mental illness and their families and caregivers.

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