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About NAMI Central Iowa

About Mental Illness

A mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.

What is Recovery?

Recovery from serious mental illness is not only possible, but for many people living with mental illness today, probable. The notion of recovery involves a variety of perspectives.

We're Here to Listen

In Crisis?

Call the CICS 24-hour
Crisis Line/Mobile Response

Call 844-258-8858
or text 800-332-4224

You can chat one-to-one online at:

Online & texting chats are available from 9am-3pm M-F. All contacts are confidential.


Or in a crisis, text "NAMI" to 741741

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The National Alliance on Mental Illness of Central Iowa was founded with a simple goal: to inspire better lives for Central Iowans affected by mental illness. We are hard at work to achieve this goal through support programs, educational outreach, and advocacy on local, state and national levels.

Support. Educate. Advocate.

We support people with mental illnesses, their families and their friends.

NAMI CI support programs provide individuals and those by their sides the tools and resources to cope with mental illness. Through meetings, support groups, courses and referrals, we are available to help Central Iowans, whatever their situation or need.

We educate communities about mental health issues.

A stigma surrounds mental illnesses, and we have set out to replace what people perceive about mental illness with the facts and real unique experiences of those who live and cope with mental illness. And we’re doing this through educational programs. From informative public meetings to displays and communication pieces, to partnership with local leaders, NAMI CI educates members of communities about mental health issues so they can better understand, empathize and support those with mental illnesses.

We advocate to improve the conditions for and on behalf of those affected by mental illness.

Every individual has a unique story to share, to inspire, to elicit change. But often individual stories aren’t heard. As advocates for those affected by mental illness, NAMI CI takes these stories and issues and ensures they are heard — and heard by people who can help make change.

We work with NAMI Iowa and NAMI to bring mental health issues to the attention of local, state and national governments. We support legislation that benefits the lives of people with mental illness and spread awareness of that legislation to the larger community. We deliver insights and techniques to families and mental health service providers to ensure the best methods are known and in practice.

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Our Reach.

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From Next Door To Across Central Iowa

Become a Member

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.

Get Involved

If you’re not ready to become a member but still would like to support NAMI Central Iowa, we welcome and appreciate donations of any value. You'll be supporting others who are affected by mental illness financially and emotionally.

Get In Touch

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. There’s a community here for you, and we’re here to help you however you need it. You will be so very glad that you did!