NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.
The program is designed to help family members understand and support their Service Member/Veteran while maintaining their own well-being. NAMI Homefront leaders have personal experience with mental health conditions impacting Read More
My name is Sarah Ashby. I am a 25-year-old Political Science major at Iowa State University and the newest member of the NAMI Iowa team!
I have been passionate about mental health for as long as I can remember. Having been diagnosed with ADHD, Chronic Depression, and Anxiety in grade school, and Borderline Personality Disorder in college, I understand, all too well, the struggles and frustrations that come from living with mental illness. Along with having multiple mental disorders, Read More
My name is Victoria Tramp; I’m a senior at Drake University studying public relations, marketing, and business studies with a concentration in leadership. I’m heavily involved around campus in our Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) team, and our job is to introduce the topics of sexual assault, alcohol, domestic violence, and consent to different groups and organizations on campus. I’m also a Student Missionary at Saint Catherine of Siena Catholic Church and Student Center as well as being Read More
Ending is always difficult. I am reminded of this painful fact as my time with NAMI Iowa comes to a close after a twelve-week internship I spent with them over the summer. My first-day-jitters quickly dissipated as I got to know my coworkers and learn about my responsibilities, and I quickly settled into my new surroundings. Very quickly, the location in the office where I worked became “my space”, and everything suddenly felt more comfortable. Now, it’s ending and I Read More
Finding a treatment that works for a mental health condition is difficult. The process of finding a therapist or medication takes a long time, and you may have to switch several times before you find the combination of treatments that work for you. What if you find a medication that works for you, but then your insurance company says that you can’t buy it anymore unless you change your insurance plan? What if they increase its price so much Read More
During the 2017 legislative session, we quickly learned that personal stories are the key to advocating and swaying elected officials to care about mental health related topics. Stories put a face and name to hot button issues. Stories make statistic-laden materials more personal and easier to connect with. Most importantly, stories stick with us. It’s impossible to forget that anecdote about the 10 year old in the emergency room because of a mental health crisis. Or that 45 year old Read More