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In The News: National Alliance on Mental Illness – Iowa, Inc.

February 15, 2017

One in four people between the ages of 18-24 develop a mental illness. This means nearly 25 percent of college students suffer from some sort of mental illness. Because these numbers are daunting, a community of resources and outreach is needed for students. Out of this need for mental illness support on campuses, NAMI created NAMI on Campus. The state of Iowa has 4 on campus clubs at the Carver College of Medicine, Grand View University, Iowa State University and North Read More


    We are proud to announce Cindy Woodard as the newest staff member of NAMI Iowa. Cindy is our Administrative Services Manager. This means she is in charge of keeping things running smoothly in the office and keeping everyone on task, something that is easier said than done!

    Before coming to NAMI Iowa, Cindy spent 25 years working in an administrative role at various companies. She began her career int he Army where she spent 18 years as a medic, recruiter Read More


    I have three scars running parallel to each other on my right upper hip. I look at these every day and think of three words that have defined the past few years of my life:




    Three seemingly separate words, but intrinsically tied together in my life. They go in a constant cycle.

    I was first diagnosed with depression at age 18. I had stopped running. I wasn’t going to college. I had virtually no prospects of a future. As my feelings Read More

    Leslie Carpenter is no stranger to the mental health system in Iowa. She rattles off statistics and diagnoses like it’s her weekly grocery shopping list.

    “Our adult 26-year-old son has a schizo-affective disorder that evolved over the past 9-10 years… resistant to treatment by medications… hospitalized at least 19 times, with his diagnosis changing, as they often do from depression & anxiety, to a Bipolar Type 1 Disorder, to a schizo-affective disorder.

    For nearly ten years, Leslie and her husband, Scott, Read More

    Tammy Nyden, a strong supporter of NAMI was recently featured in the Washington Post for her advocacy work! Read below or see the article here.

    This is a stunning story about a mother who realized when her son was very young — he threw a computer at his teacher in second grade — that he was mentally ill. And unlike most other people with mental illness, he was violent. As years passed and diagnoses changed, Tammy Nyden of Iowa knew Read More

    This fall, NAMI Iowa sent six representatives to be trained as teachers for  NAMI Smarts for Advocacy. This 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. I sat down with Andrew Boscaljon, one of the participants and a new board member, to learn more about this exciting program.

    What valuable information did you take away from the training?

    There are several things I took away from Read More

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