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Ending the Silence is a 45 minute presentation to middle school and high school classes in our 4 county service territory.  If interested in bringing this program to your school, please contact Deb Scott at (641) 777-3944 or by emailing


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

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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

    From the NAMI National Newsdesk:

    NAMI Announces 2017 Federal Priorities

    Every January, millions of Americans commit to better themselves through New Year’s resolutions. But as we know, few of us make it past the first month without a plan to guide our commitment.

    That’s why NAMI is ringing in the New Year with five robust resolutions aimed at a single vision: to safeguard all Americans living with mental illness.

    Today NAMI released its federal policy priorities for the 2017 legislative year. As members of Read More

    You may remember Carrie Clogg as one of the faces from this year’s NAMIWalk. She was interviewed by the Des Moines Register and shared her story.

    Carrie’s son was diagnosed with a mental illness when he was 5 years old.  Now 9, he has had multiple diagnosis, been on almost a dozen different medications, seen several doctors, therapists, psychiatrists and psychologists and has been hospitalized twice.

    Carrie calls him lucky.

    “My husband and I have the resources and knowledge to know where to go Read More

    NAMI Iowa welcomes Lindsey Andrews to the team as the new Event Manager. In this capacity, Lindsey will be responsible for planning the annual NAMIWalks and a spring event. Both are fundraisers for NAMI Iowa and help spread the message of mental health advocacy across the state.

    Lindsey and her husband, Jordan, recently moved to Des Moines. Lindsey grew up in Kansas City, MO and attended Columbia College where she majored in special education. She then moved to Albuquerque, New Mexico Read More

    From the NAMI National Newsdesk:

    Today NAMI celebrates a milestone in mental health history.

    After more than three years of advocating on behalf of mental health reform at the local, state and federal level, our hard-fought battle is over. Mental health reform is finally a reality.

    The Senate passed H.R. 34, the 21st Century Cures Act, with a 94-5 vote on Dec. 7. This landmark victory came after the House passed the same bill 392-26 on Nov. 30.

    “This is a new era of Read More

    When you meet Hilary, she looks like many of the 30-somethings seen in Des Moines. A kind face, active build and exterior of success will greet you. But Hilary has a story, like many others you know. Hilary struggled with severe mental illness during her 20’s. Though few people know her story, she is taking the courageous leap to open herself up to the world. And she is doing it all for a very selfless reason.

    Hilary and her husband Read More

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