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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 scott.debbie66@gmail.com.

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

November 6, 2017
Hello all! My name is Zach Blevins and I am excited to be the newest staff person for NAMI Iowa. I will be serving in the role of Outreach & Events Manager, in which I will particularly be focusing on NAMI Iowa’s two largest events: Beautiful Minds and NAMIWalks. I will also be ensuring that NAMI Iowa has a presence at conferences and events around the state to increase the visibility Read More

    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

    Hey All!

    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

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