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NAMI Iowa is now offering five virtual statewide support groups. These groups meet weekly via Zoom and are free to join. We have multiple Connections groups (for those living with a mental illness) and an evening Family Support group (for those supporting a loved one with mental illness), and an evening Provider Support group (Open to anyone working in a healthcare or social service capacity). Individuals must sign up for access to the support groups.

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

February 18, 2020

Ryan Nesbit is the Co-Director of the Alive & Running Iowa 5k for suicide prevention.  This event is in it’s 11th year in Dunkerton, Iowa.  He is past Co-Chair of the AFSP Iowa Chapter.  He is certified to teach the QPR and ASIST workshops.  He has been active as a suicide prevention volunteer for 11 years and recently transitioned to teaching workshops on suicide prevention/intervention.  Ryan is also trained to present NAMI’s “Ending the Silence” program.  He lives in Jesup with his wife of 18 years and their 3 children.

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    Ashley Parker (she/her/hers) is NAMI Iowa’s new Provider Program Coordinator, where she’ll be working towards developing and strengthening NAMI’s relationships with Iowa academic institutions, health systems, clinics, government entities, and nonprofits to market NAMI Provider training and recruit and train new Provider teachers.

    Prior to joining the NAMI Iowa staff, Ashley worked in the Iowa 2020 Caucuses and as a HIV Prevention Specialist for a non profit community health center, providing health education, testing and counseling services.

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    DES MOINES, Iowa – The executive director of the state’s leading mental health advocacy organization praised Gov. Kim Reynolds’ mention of creating a “dedicated and stable source” of funding for adult and children’s mental health services during her Condition of the State address today.

    “I was encouraged to hear again the governor’s care and concern for the tens of thousands of Iowans affected by mental illness, many of whom are now unable to get appropriate help,” said Peggy Huppert.

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    Nina Richtman recently joined NAMI Iowa as our new Program Manager. We are excited to have her on board as she has been involved with NAMI Iowa in various volunteer capacities for the last few years. Join us in welcoming Nina!

    Nina is the mother of two boys, ages 11 and 12, that she adopted from the Iowa Foster Care System. She comes from Corteva Agriscience (formerly Pioneer) where she worked in the Learning and Development group doing program management,

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    What is NAMI Provider?

    NAMI Provider is a five-session staff development program for health care organizations that provide services for people affected by mental illness. The primary goal of the program is to promote collaboration between the client, their family and health care staff.

    NAMI Provider introduces mental health professionals to the unique perspectives of people with mental health conditions and their families. You’ll develop enhanced empathy for their daily challenges and recognize the importance of including them in all aspects of the treatment process.

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    My name is Sarah Ball and I am an incoming junior at Drake University. I am studying Public Relations and Strategic Political Communication with a minor in International Relations (wow, a mouthful). This summer, I am working with NAMI Iowa as their Communication & Events Intern.

    At school, I stay busy as the managing editor for the Drake Political Review, the non-partisan political magazine on campus, working as the vice president of Drake’s Rise Up,

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