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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

Mon 13

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

July 13 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Mon 13

NAMI Family-to-Family Class

July 13 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
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Tue 14

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class

July 14 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Thu 16

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

July 16 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT
Thu 16

NAMI Family Support Group (online, 3rd Thu)

July 16 @ 9:00 pm - 11:00 pm CDT
Sat 18

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

July 18 @ 5:15 pm - 6:45 pm CDT
Mon 20

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

July 20 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm CDT
Mon 20

NAMI Family-to-Family Class

July 20 @ 6:30 pm - 9:00 pm CDT
Ames IA
United States
Tue 21

NAMI Peer-to-Peer Class

July 21 @ 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm CDT
Thu 23

NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group (online)

July 23 @ 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm CDT

RSS In the news

  • Racism's Toll on Mental Health June 22, 2020
    Only 1 in 3 African Americans who need mental health care receive it. Psychiatrist Dr. Jess Clemons of "Ask Dr. Jess" talks about using social media to break down barriers and provide more access to help. Gayle King mentions the NAMI HelpLine at the end of the segment.
  • 'You are not alone': The pandemic is causing increased anxiety. Here's how to get help June 22, 2020
    A secondary health challenge is sweeping the country due to a domino effect from the coronavirus pandemic, anti-racism protests and a recession: increased bouts of depression and anxiety. Calls from across the nation to the NAMI helpline increased 65% between March and June. “The data tells us that people were experiencing high levels of anxiety and […]
  • America’s Mental Health Crisis is Exploding During the Coronavirus Pandemic June 19, 2020
    In the June 4-9 survey, which polled more than 83,000 respondents, nearly half (49%) of Americans between the ages of 18-29 exhibited symptoms of anxiety or depression. Women, Black and Latino Americans, and those without a bachelor’s degree were also far more likely to display symptoms of depression or anxiety. Dawn Brown, director of community […]
  • Facing a broken mental health system, many U.S. teens fall off a dangerous ‘cliff’ in their care June 17, 2020
    STAT spoke with teenagers, young adults, mental health providers and experts across the country to understand the experiences of young people with mental health conditions as they transition from adolescence to adulthood. Although NAMI is not prominently featured, we coordinated and connected the reporter with Kathleen Donohue, Teyah McKenzie and Lee Piechota, three young adults who […]
  • Mental Health Parity in the US: Have We Made Any Real Progress? June 17, 2020
    Are we living up to the ideals and standards proposed by the 2008 Mental Health Parity and Addiction Equity Act (MHPAEA)? According to some recent reports and measures, the answer is no. Why hasn’t the legislation done enough to halt disparity? Angela Kimball, national director of advocacy and public policy for NAMI, says it is […]

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Would you like to escape to a sandy beach but work and the pandemic are getting in the way? Comment below to enter your name in our drawing to win this ZEN SAND GARDEN for your tabletop or desk! 1. Like this post 2. Comment what county you live in 3. Share with friends

* To be eligible to win you must be 18 years of age or older and live in one of the following counties in Iowa: Story County, Iowa, Greene County, Iowa, Boone County, Iowa, Marshall County, Iowa, Hardin County, Iowa, Hamilton County, Iowa, Franklin County, Iowa, Jasper County, Iowa, Poweshiek County, Iowa
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Hey NAMI! We hope you all are taking care of yourselves during this incredibly difficult time. We would like to pass on an opportunity to get more involved with NAMI: taking a role as a presenter for their Ending the Silence campaign. This could be done virtually or in person, anywhere across the country. Feel free to reach out to this page for more information, or contact NAMI Iowa directly using the information below.

"The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for those affected by mental health conditions. We are currently recruiting presenters for our Ending the Silence program. Ending the Silence is a 50-minute presentation on signs and symptoms of mental illness designed to change misconceptions and “end the silence” surrounding mental health. It gives participants information and first-hand accounts from two presenters, one lead presenter and one young adult presenter.

NAMI is seeking individuals over the age of 18 who are comfortable with public speaking and have a connection to mental illness (through yourself or a friend/family member). Given the novel coronavirus, presentations may occur either virtually or in-person.

Please fill out this google form if you are interested: forms.gle/righoG9HbfvcYMDR6 You may also reach out to Brittany Freeman at Brittany.freeman@drake.edu directly."
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Helping Those In Need

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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Thank you for your generous tax-deductible donation. You are helping us provide support, education, and advocacy to thousands of people living with mental illness in Iowa.

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The families and members of NAMI Central Iowa are here to help! We offer understanding to anyone concerned about mental illnesses and the treatment of mental illness.