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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Helping your voice be heard.
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
You have the power to make change for yourself or for those you care about who have mental illness. First, you need to determine at what level of government your issue falls: city, county, state or federal. If your issue pertains to our state laws, follow the Understanding the Legislative Process guide for how to best advocate and talk to your legislator. If it’s a county issue, please refer to the County Organizational Flow Chart.
NAMI CI maintains an active presence in our local government on priority mental health issues, advocating for our county and local laws in Central Iowa. With our efforts we ensure people’s needs are being heard and met.
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.
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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.