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Welcome Tara, NAMI Iowa’s New Intern

July 2, 2018

Hello! My name is Tara Larson and I’m a senior at Iowa State University. I’m studying journalism and mass communication as well as working toward a minor in general business. I’m working with NAMI Iowa this summer as the communication and events intern. Throughout the school year I stay busy working with the Iowa State more »

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Welcome Heather Strachan!

June 18, 2018

We are excited to welcome a new Program Manager and Director of the OCA, following Judy Davis’ retirement. Welcome to Heather Strachan, who will be starting on July 1st! Heather Strachan is a native of Humboldt, Iowa, and attended Iowa State University, majoring in Journalism and Mass Communication.  Heather’s professional background includes campaign organization as more »

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Beautiful Minds 2018: Bringing History to Life

June 4, 2018

NAMI Iowa’s 2nd annual Beautiful Minds was another roaring success with attendees enjoying a night of entertainment and learning about mental health. As a review, Beautiful Minds showcases famous artists, actors and thinkers who lived with a mental illness. Beginning with a reception at Des Moines University, guests were able to interact with all actors more »

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Managing SAD in Iowa’s uncertain weather

May 4, 2018

With record-breaking temperatures dropping to below 30 with snow on the ground, much of central and northern Iowa has become a dismal place to spend the month of April—especially for people with seasonal affective disorder. Seasonal affective disorder (SAD) is a recurring type of depression where a person experiences the same symptoms as major depressive more »

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How student groups at Iowa colleges are combatting mental health stigma

April 24, 2018

As state lawmakers have been busy passing landmark mental health reform legislation,  a growing number of college students around Iowa have also been hard at work advocating for mental health on their campuses.  Mental illness roughly one out of four teens and college-aged young adults, so it should come as no surprise that young people more »

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