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Welcome Ryan Nesbit!

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.

Ryan will be joining us to recruit presenters for the Ending the Silence program.

What interested you in this new position?

I’ve always wanted to work/volunteer with NAMI.  This position allows me to utilize relationships I’ve made all over Iowa to bring “ETS” to our entire state.

What are your goals while working at NAMI Iowa?

The main goal is to recruit lead and young adult presenters for the ETS program.  I hope to see this program spreading all across Iowa.  I also hope to serve as the lead presenter on occasion for this program.
What interests you in mental health: I lost a great friend as a teenager to suicide.  I struggled for many years with my grief and also with my own suicidal thoughts/behaviors.  I am passionate about reducing suicide, supporting people with mental health issues, and bringing hope to people all over Iowa.
Where do you see the state of mental health in 5 years?
I believe that education and awareness are crucial aspects of improving mental health in Iowa.  Stigma must be erased and communities must work together to reduce suicide.  Programs such as ETS are vital to our progress as a state.  I believe Iowa will have a “better state of mental health” in 5 years because of programs like ETS and because of hard working volunteers/staff in this field all across the state.
A fun fact?
I love Nebraska football!

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