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Join us for an Open House to Welcome New Executive Director Lisa Heddens

Please join us on August 16 from 7-8 PM for an Open House to welcome Lisa Heddens, current State Representative for District 46, as the next Executive Director of NAMI CI. Heddens will begin training July 22 and will officially assume the position August 8. We hope you can join us on August 16 at the Ames [...]

2016-12-22T18:53:59+00:00 July 27th, 2016|

Annual Garage Sale Fundraiser to be held August 12-13

August 12-13 is our annual Garage Sale! The sale marks a fundraising opportunity for our organization. The sale will be open on Friday from 12-6 PM and Saturday from 8-Noon at the Collegiate United Methodist Church in Ames. We are in need of donations and volunteers to assist. Donate - Donations are being accepted now [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 July 17th, 2016|

NAMI CI welcomes Lisa Heddens as Executive Director

We are thrilled to announce Lisa Heddens, current State Representative for District 46, has been named the next Executive Director. Heddens will begin training July 22 and will officially assume the position August 8. Lisa’s resume includes over 20 years of experience. Prior to this appointment Lisa was a Service Coordinator for Lutheran Services of [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 July 10th, 2016|

July newsletter has arrived

Welcome to the first edition of our electronic-only newsletter! July's newsletter is the first of many to come, so make sure you're checking the website or your email to receive the newsletter every month instead of waiting for the mail every other month! We hope you're all having a great summer and staying cool! You [...]

2017-10-27T13:31:02+00:00 July 1st, 2016|

NAMI CI looks to Support, Educate, Advocate…and Expand!

NAMI CI has been on the road over the past month as part of an effort to expand services in the region. NAMI CI is dedicated to serving the 10 county region of CICS including: Franklin, Hardin, Hamilton Boone, Story Marshall, Jasper, Powesheik, Madison, and Warren. We are excited to continue our mission to support, educate and advocate for those [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 June 22nd, 2016|

Summer is ideal planning time for NAMI on Campus

Even in the heat of summer, Hannah Nehring, President of NAMI on Campus and NAMI CI Board Member, has been hard at work to prepare for another successful year for the NAMI on Campus club. In January 2016 NAMI on Campus was registered as official Iowa State University club. Hannah plans to lead efforts to recruit new [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 June 18th, 2016|

Ames Mental Health Wellness Center continues to serve community

During the month of May our Mental Health Wellness Center in Ames had 154 visits, which is an average of 7 check-ins per day when the Center was open. Adults living with mental illness are invited to join peers at the Center for free learning opportunities, classes and group activities. During the month of June [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 June 14th, 2016|

CRISIS Line Information

The Central Iowa CRISIS line is available 24/7 for those experiencing a mental health crisis. A crisis is defined as "any stress or pressure that has become too great for you to cope with alone"   

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 June 13th, 2016|

June Education Meeting: Children’s Mental Health

According to the National Institute of Mental Health approximately 1 in 5 youth aged 13-18 (21.4%) experiences a severe mental disorder at some point in their life. Join us as Lisa Heddens, Representative for Iowa House District 46, addresses the state of children's mental health services in Iowa. This presentation will include a legislative update, advocacy [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:00+00:00 June 13th, 2016|

June newsletter is here!

Doing some late spring cleaning (or early summer cleaning - it's always a good time to de-clutter!) and wondering where you're going to take your donations? Check out the June newsletter to see how your donations could help us out!

2017-10-27T13:31:02+00:00 June 7th, 2016|

NAMI Connection Group Still Accepting Members

The NAMI Connection Support Group meets weekly at our Wellness Center in Ames. This is a free, per-lead group for adults living with mental illness. The group meets on Thursday afternoons from 2-3:30 PM. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:01+00:00 June 2nd, 2016|

Search underway for NAMI CI Executive Director

The official search is underway for a new Executive Director of NAMI Central Iowa! The position announcement can be found here. Interested applicants are asked to provide materials to prior to June 14. Questions or concerns can be directed to or we can be reached by phone at 515-292-9400.  We look forward to this new chapter!   [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:05+00:00 June 1st, 2016|

The Status of National Mental Health Reform

Mary Gilberti, CEO of NAMI, has called on the Senate to act on Mental Health Reform before the legislative session comes to a close. In a piece published by the Huffington Post, Mary writes: "The more time that goes by, the smaller the window, especially in an election year. Every voice is needed now to [...]

2016-05-27T08:07:17+00:00 May 27th, 2016|

NAMI AIR App is Now Available

AMI AIR (Anonymous. Inspiring. Relatable) is the new NAMI app, a free, mobile-based social network designed for individuals living with mental health conditions and their family members/caregivers. NAMI AIR is intended to provide another way for people to find and give support, to connect with others through smart phone and computer tablet. NAMI AIR encourages [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:05+00:00 May 27th, 2016|

Annual Meeting to be held May 24

The NAMI CI Annual Meeting is coming up! Mark your calendar to join us to vote on new board members and hear as our remarkable peers share compelling personal stories about living with a mental illness and achieving recovery. Everyone is welcome.  When:  Tuesday, May 24 at 7 PM Where: Ames Public Library in the PEO Room We [...]

2016-12-22T18:54:05+00:00 May 16th, 2016|
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