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Stories Make a Difference

June 16, 2017

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 more »

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NAMI Iowa Welcomes Engagement and Advocacy Intern

June 8, 2017

We are excited to welcome Rob Marko-Franks as a new addition to our staff here at NAMI Iowa! Rob is joining us as an Engagement and Advocacy Intern for the summer, so he will be working on improving relations with our local Affiliates and creating some resources which will strengthen our advocacy at all levels more »

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When Mental Health and the Criminal Justice System Collides

May 24, 2017

A great executive board for a non-profit organization is made up of constitutents from different backgrouds, career paths, have varied interests and expertise. We are proud to say the NAMI Iowa board fits this description. The two characteristics that bind our enthusiastic board together are: Every member has a mental illness or knows a close more »

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Beautiful Minds Revived History

May 22, 2017

Friday night brought history alive with the likes of Carrie Fisher, Audrey Hepburn and Leonard Cohen visiting the Des Moines metro to perform and talk about their life with mental illness. These famous artists and thinkers privately or publicly battled with depression, eating disorders and severe anxiety but were still quite successful in their chosen more »

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May is Mental Health Month!

May 2, 2017

May is Mental Health month and we are making it our mission to spread the word of education, advocacy and support for mental illness. This month is dedicated to stopping the stigma and supporting each other through the journey of mental health. How can you help? We’re glad you asked! Use the hashtag #IntoMentalHealth with more »

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