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
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Take the stigmafree Pledge
A stigma is a mark of disgrace associated with a particular quality or person. Even in today’s more-progressive society, people often foster stigmas toward those who have a mental illness. These stigmas lead to discrimination, misunderstanding and fear. And these stigmas stifle progress toward leading better lives.
Mental health matters to everyone. Individuals, companies, organizations and others can all take the stigmafree pledge to learn more about mental illness, to see a person for who they are and take action on mental health issues. Learn more here.
Take Action on Public Policy Issues
One of the major ways we can help make lives better for Central Iowans with mental illness is through legislation. There are many issues surrounding mental illness:
- Funding and research
- Access to treatment and help
- And more
Share Your Story
It’s important for people living with mental health conditions to know that they are not alone. Sharing a story about your personal experiences with mental health challenges can help in your own recovery as well as provide encouragement and support to others with similar experiences. Telling your story can take several forms:
- Song lyrics
- Inspirational quotes
You have an authentic voice. You can make a difference for yourself and others by sharing your experiences and perspective. What has helped? What hasn’t? What has been most discouraging about your condition? What has given you hope? There are all sorts of things you know that other people want to know—you are not alone.
Let them know that they aren’t either.
From Next Door To Across The Nation
Become a Member
Become a part of NAMI! Subscribe to the latest mental health updates, participate in an online discussion group, learn how to advocate in your community and add your voice to the mental health movement.
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.
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.