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Welcome to NAMI Central Iowa

NAMI of Central Iowa is an organization of families, friends and individuals whose lives have been affected by mental illness. Together, we advocate for better lives for those individuals who have a mental illness, and we offer support, education and advocacy as we do so.

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Information on Covid-19

"We recognize that people living with mental illness face additional challenges dealing with COVID-19, as do their caregivers and loved ones.”

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You Are Not Alone

1 in 5 live with a mental health condition. So chances are you or someone you know has been affected.

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Support & Encourage

If someone you know is struggling with a mental health condition, read more about how to support them.

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Understanding Change

Mental health conditions are common in teens and young adults. Read more about what you can do.

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NAMI Central Iowa serves Boone, Franklin, Greene, Hamilton, Hardin, Jasper, Madison, Marshall, Poweshiek, Story and Warren counties.

Upcoming NAMI CI Events

Upcoming Events

Sat 08

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 8 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT
Mon 10

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 10 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Mon 10

NAMI Family-to-Family Class

August 10 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
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Tue 11

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class

August 11 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Thu 13

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 13 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Sat 15

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 15 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT
Mon 17

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 17 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Thu 20

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 20 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Thu 20

NAMI Family Support Group (online, 3rd Thu)

August 20 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT
Sat 22

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

August 22 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT

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  • COVID-19 Survivors Share How to Recover During Pandemic July 30, 2020
    A variety of COVID-19 support groups have emerged to help those who have had, or been affected by, the virus. Teri Brister, PhD, LPC, national director of research and quality assurance at NAMI, said support groups give people encouragement as well as valuable insights not available from healthcare providers. “With the scope and reach that […]
  • As mobile mental health teams work to de-escalate crises, some warn their models still rely on police partnerships July 29, 2020
    In the wake of nationwide demonstrations against police brutality, there has been a surge in interest in making sure mental health providers, not law enforcement, are the ones to respond to a psychiatric crisis. Dozens of cities across the country have what are known as mobile crisis units, which deploy trained professionals to respond to […]
  • What is bipolar disorder? Expert explains misunderstood condition, symptoms July 24, 2020
    Bipolar disorder is broadly defined as a cycle of manic and depressive episodes, but there are actually three different types of bipolar disorder. According to Dr. Ken Duckworth, CMO of NAMI, bipolar I disorder is characterized by manic episodes lasting at least a week, or manic symptoms that often require immediate hospital care. The episodes […]
  • Mom shares story of teen daughter's suicide — and why it's important to speak up (CW: Suicide) July 16, 2020
    Tiera Hopkins loved to dance and was a fun-loving vibrant teen, said her mother, Jenny Morales. In 2012, at the age of 16, Tiera died of suicide. Morales’ grief still feels overwhelming, but she has become an advocate for destigmatizing mental health in teenagers and encouraging parents and teens to talk about it. Often people […]
  • 10 Questions on Parenting a Grown Child With Bipolar Disorder July 15, 2020
    If your adult child has bipolar disorder, you’re a parent who’s likely worried about their emotional, physical, educational, and professional well-being, especially if they no longer live at home. “The family’s role — parent, partner, sibling, or close friend — is to be a consistent source of support and encouragement through the good and the […]

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Join via zoom 8/29/2020: NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a single full-day training (to be held via ZOOM on Saturday, August 29th from 9a-3p) that help YOU develop the following skills:

Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds

Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call

Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask," but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to.

Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers.

Sign Up For This Training by calling 515.292.9400 or email us at info@namicentraliowa.org Class size is limited!

PS: This will prepare you for the Story County Candidates Forum adressing disability issues on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30pm via ZOOM.

Candidates who are running for office representing Story County residents have been invited to respond to questions concerning disability issues raised by the sponsoring agencies: The Arc of Story County and NAMI Central Iowa

Those attending as of 8/5:
Cynthia Paschen
Theresa Greenfield
Suzanne Herzon
Rick Stewart
J.D. Scholten
Latifah Faisal
Steven O'Rourke
Lisa Heddens

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Join via zoom 8/29/2020: NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on advocacy training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy. NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a single full-day training (to be held via ZOOM on Saturday, August 29th from 9a-3p) that help YOU develop the following skills: Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience. Participants routinely share that they’ve never been able to condense their story or made a clear “ask, but with NAMI Smarts, they are now able to. Lobbyists who represent NAMI State Organizations or mental health coalitions also love this program—they see participants come out confident and able to share their story in a way that moves policymakers. Sign Up For This Training by calling 515.292.9400 or email us at info@namicentraliowa.org Class size is limited! PS: This will prepare you for the Story County Candidates Forum adressing disability issues on Wednesday, September 16th at 6:30pm via ZOOM. Candidates who are running for office representing Story County residents have been invited to respond to questions concerning disability issues raised by the sponsoring agencies: The Arc of Story County and NAMI Central Iowa Those attending as of 8/5: Cynthia Paschen Theresa Greenfield Suzanne Herzon Rick Stewart J.D. Scholten Latifah Faisal Steven ORourke Lisa Heddens https://namicentraliowa.org/support-and-education/class-interest-form/

The 2020 PATHWAYS TO HOPE Conference on Mental Health is sponsored by NAMI San Antonio in collaboration with NAMI FaithNet. This will be the fifth year for the conference and this year it will be virtual and, as in the past, it is FREE.

The conference is intended for anyone who works in the mental health field, for educators, faith leaders, criminal justice and judiciary, caregivers, and those who are living with a mental health diagnosis. There will be plenary speakers and then four tracks; Mental Health, Peers, Therapy/Counseling, and Faith Communities.

Some of our outstanding speakers will include Dan Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI; Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI CMO; Judge John Specia, Jurist in Residence for the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health; Vicky Coffee of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; John Petrila of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; Rev. Dr. John Swinton, King's College of Aberdeen Scotland; Dr. Matt Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center, Houston Tx.; and Dr. Dan Morehead, Adjunct Professor at Tufts Medical School.

For more information or to register go to: www.pathwaystohope.net/
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The 2020 PATHWAYS TO HOPE Conference on Mental Health is sponsored by NAMI San Antonio in collaboration with NAMI FaithNet. This will be the fifth year for the conference and this year it will be virtual and, as in the past, it is FREE. The conference is intended for anyone who works in the mental health field, for educators, faith leaders, criminal justice and judiciary, caregivers, and those who are living with a mental health diagnosis. There will be plenary speakers and then four tracks; Mental Health, Peers, Therapy/Counseling, and Faith Communities. Some of our outstanding speakers will include Dan Gillison, Jr., CEO of NAMI; Dr. Ken Duckworth, NAMI CMO; Judge John Specia, Jurist in Residence for the Texas Judicial Commission on Mental Health; Vicky Coffee of the Hogg Foundation for Mental Health; John Petrila of the Meadows Mental Health Policy Institute; Rev. Dr. John Swinton, Kings College of Aberdeen Scotland; Dr. Matt Stanford, CEO of the Hope and Healing Center, Houston Tx.; and Dr. Dan Morehead, Adjunct Professor at Tufts Medical School. For more information or to register go to: https://www.pathwaystohope.net/

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NAMI started as a small group of families gathered around a kitchen table in 1979 has blossomed into the nation's leading voice on mental health. Today, we are an association of more than 500 local affiliates who work in your community to raise awareness and provide support and education that was not previously available to those in need.

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Join NAMI Central Iowa and join a movement to inspire better lives for Central Iowans who are affected by mental illness. With membership, you'll receive newsletters and updates on mental health news, you'll be able to engage in discussion groups, and you'll have the opportunity to support others who are affected by mental illness financially and emotionally.

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