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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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What Iowa law enforcement is doing to better respond to mental illness

April 3, 2018

It’s impossible to talk about changes to the mental health system without discussing the role of law enforcement.  NAMI Iowa has previously written about how a shortage of adequate mental health resources and facilities affects not only people in need of treatment, but also local police departments who are often called to intervene instead.  When more »

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Provider Education with Des Moines University

April 2, 2018

NAMI Provider Education is a staff development program specifically for health care professionals who work directly with individuals living with mental illness.  A panel of three, a mental health professional with personal experience, a family member of a person with serious emotional illness, and an individual living in recovery with mental illness, lead the 15 more »

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Making Iowa No. 1 in Mental Health

March 12, 2018

According to a recent report, it is a good time to be an Iowan. The U.S. News and World Report’s named Iowa the best state in the country in its annual Best States ranking. The report looked at criteria such as infrastructure, education, health care, crime, economy, opportunity and quality of life, all of which more »

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