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Thank You for Your Support!

Thanks to your generous donations, we have not only met our goal, but exceeded it! As of today, our total donations are over $110,000. NAMI Iowa is #3 nationally in percentage over goal at 120%. It’s because of your help that NAMI Iowa can continue to provide services and advocate for mental health.

NAMI Iowa Education Day & Annual Meeting 2016

NAMI IOWA is holding our second annual meeting this year. Since we operate on a calendar fiscal year, we feel it is important to hold the annual meeting, at which we vote on board members and the annual budget, before the year  begins. More information about registration will soon be available.
Education Day will be held on Friday, November 11th. See the agenda!

The Annual Meeting will be held on Saturday, November 12th. See the agenda!

Where: First Unitarian Church, 1800 Bell Ave. Des Moines, Iowa

Contact: For questions or to RSVP, please email or call 515-254-0417.  The deadline to RSVP is November 4th.

Registration Fees:

Education Day (includes continental breakfast, box lunch, dinner and all materials) $50

Dinner only (if not attending Education Day) $25

Annual Meeting (includes breakfast, lunch and all materials) $25

Combination fee for both days (savings of $10/person) $65

ending the silence

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


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

October 20, 2016

Des Moines, IA—The Iowa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness has named Rachel Peterson as the new Communications and Outreach Manager. She will collaborate with Executive Director, Peggy Huppert to continue and strengthen the mission of NAMI Iowa. Through community outreach, the use of social media channels and a strengthened digital approach, the message of mental health advocacy, education and required funding will grow stronger and reach further.

“We are excited to bring Rachel on board in this Read More

    Kirstin Wendl would have been 46 this year. She was a beloved mother, wife, daughter, sister and friend. During her battles with mental illness, she took solace from NAMI Iowa. She took her life on May 26, 2016. On her birthday, dear friends gathered for the inaugural Kickin’ It 4 Kirstin Event.

    “We were three of her dear friends who’d helped her battle mental illness for several years. When we found out she’d ended her life, we wanted to do something to Read More

    NAMI Iowa supporter Wally Smeby and family members are pictured with a sculpture they donated to the Mason City sculpture park. The sculpture is located southwest corner of Central Park downtown. It is dedicated to pursuing and maintaining mental health through taking care of the mind, body and spirit

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    DES MOINES | The Iowa Supreme Court is considering whether Gov. Terry Branstad crossed a constitutional line when he vetoed funding for two state-run mental health institutions.

    The court heard oral arguments in the case Wednesday.

    In 2015, Branstad used the governor’s line-item veto authority to eliminate funding for the mental health institutions in Mount Pleasant and Clarinda.

    A top labor union leader and two dozen Democratic state legislators filed a lawsuit claiming Branstad’s veto was improper and unconstitutional because Iowa law states Read More

    CEDAR RAPIDS — Dr. Alan Whitters knows the mental health care system in Iowa is struggling.

    There aren’t enough inpatient psychiatric beds, and so often patients are boarded in the hospital’s emergency department, meaning they’re staying in the ER for more than four hours at a time. That’s not an effective use of the patient’s or hospital’s time, he said.

    “We stabilize our patients and they shouldn’t be discharged, but they have nowhere to go,” said Whitters, medical director of behavioral services Read More

    Silent epidemics often are insidious, eating away at society from within while the voices of victims go unheard and advocates are muted.

    Such is the case with mental illness. Because of the associated stigma, those afflicted rarely receive the required resources.

    Their plight has been particularly precarious in Iowa, which ranks among the worst states in the nation for treatment — 47th in psychiatrists, 44th in mental health workforce availability and 51st (including the District of Columbia) in the ratio Read More

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