NAMI NE Iowa now has it’s own website and can be found HERE!

Big News!

After 2 full years of hard work, determination, patience, and no small amount of love…NAMI NE Iowa is an official affiliate of NAMI, under NAMI Iowa. What does this mean?
Membership Drives, NAMI Walks, Community outreach events, Peer to Peer Mentoring Classes, Family to Family Education classes, support groups, Testimonial anti-stigma outreach presentations, and very soon, “how-to” classes for lobbying legislators for mental health reforms in Iowa. Big Things! Thank you for your support of NAMI NE Iowa!

National Alliance on Mental Illness

Mental Illnaminess is a topic of conversation that has gained a significant amount of press both nationally and locally in the past year. And with good reason. Mental illness and how to ensure appropriate and accessible care should be on everyone’s mind.  One in four adults?approximately 61.5 million Americans?experiences mental illness in a given year. One in 17?about 13.6 million?live with a serious mental illness such as schizophrenia, major depression or bipolar disorder. Approximately 20 percent of youth ages 13 to 18 experience severe mental disorders in a given year. For ages 8 to 15, the estimate is 13 percent. (Statistics taken from National Alliance on Mental Illness) These are some sobering statistics. But the good news is that there are many organizations close to home aiming to help those affected by mental illness.

As part of the Winneshiek Medical Center Centennial Gala Event on November 1, 2014, grants were awarded to five local groups and organizations working to improve the mental health of our region. One of these grants went to the partnership of Northeast Iowa Peace & Justice Center (NEIPJC) and Families First Counseling Services to organize and support a local National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) virtual affiliate.

NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization dedicated to building better lives for the millions of Americans affected by mental illness. NAMI’s dedicated volunteer members and leaders work tirelessly to raise awareness and provide essential education, advocacy and support group programs for people in our community living with mental illness and their loved ones.

The new NE Iowa chapter of NAMI Iowa will be offering multiple free programs for the community. Check our “Current NAMI Classes” page for dates and times. They will be posted as scheduled.

NAMI Basics is a free, 6-week education program for parents and family caregivers of children and teens who are experiencing symptoms of a mental illness or who have already been diagnosed. NAMI Basics is offered in a group setting so you can connect with other people face-to-face. You’ll learn the facts about mental health conditions and how best to support your child at home, at school and when they’re getting medical care. Last year, 99% of participants told us they would recommend the program to other parents. The course is taught by a trained team with lived experience—they know what you’re going through because they’ve been there. The 6-session program provides critical strategies for taking care of your child and learning the ropes of recovery.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer is a free 10-week class for adults living with mental illness. The class is led by trained “mentors” who share the experience of living with a mental illness and are in recovery. Topics covered include stigma and discrimination, relapse prevention planning, storytelling, language, emotions, addictions, spirituality, medication, coping strategies, decision making, relationships, empowerment and advocacy.

NAMI Family-to-Family is a free 12-week class for family members of older teens and adults living with mental illness. The class is led by trained facilitators who share the experience as a family member. Topics covered include symptoms and treatments of mental illnesses, brain biology, medications, recovery and rehabilitation. Coping skills, self-care, communication skills, problem-solving and advocacy strategies are also vital elements.

NAMI Consumer Peer to Peer Support Group This model for the Consumer Peer Support Group was developed by and for people living in recovery themselves. It relies heavily on the strengths of the facilitators and the group participants themselves and less on rigid structure of other support group models.