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NAMI Basics

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NAMI Basics is a class for parents and other family caregivers of children and adolescents who have either been diagnosed with a mental health condition or who are experiencing symptoms but have not yet been diagnosed. A nationally-developed program taught by trained volunteers who have lived experience with children who are mentally ill. Duration is 6 weeks. Cost is Free.

NOTE: Special classes are available for Foster Parents only, and Healthcare, Social Work & Education Professionals only.

Course Topics include

  • The biology of mental illness
  • The latest research, advances in treatment and an overview of treatment options
  • The impact of a child’s mental illness on the rest of the family
  • An overview of the systems of care for children and teens living with mental illness.

Offered every spring and fall. Refer to calendar for dates, times and locations.

NAMI Family-to-Family

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Family-to-Family is a class for families, partners and friends of individuals living with a mental health condition. The course is designed to facilitate a better understanding of a condition, increase coping skills and empower participants to become advocates for their family members. This program was designated as an evidence-based program by SAMHSA. A nationally-developed program taught by trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness. Duration is 12 weeks. Cost is Free.

Offered quarterly

Course Topics Include:
  • Family response to trauma
  • Diagnosis & dealing with critical periods
  • The biology of the brain; emerging scientific discoveries
  • Problem solving workshop
  • Medication review
  • Understanding the inner experience of living w/ mental illness
  • Communications skills workshop
  • Self-care
  • Rehabilitation; services available
  • Advocacy: fighting stigma
  • Celebration & certification ceremony

Please see calendar for schedule.

NAMI Peer-to-Peer

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Peer to Peer is a recovery education course open to anyone experiencing a mental health challenge. The course is designed to encourage growth, healing and recovery among participants. This is nationally-developed program taught by trained volunteers who are living with a serious mental health condition. Duration is 10 weeks. Cost is Free.

Offered quarterly, REGISTER by calling 563-332-8870.

Participants learn:
  • How to prevent relapse
  • How to improve quality of life
  • Coping skills
  • Exercises to calm thinking
  • Skills for working with providers & the public
  • How to protect your interests
Please see calendar for schedule.

Fall Prevention in Older Adults

NIH, PCORI announce major award to prevent falls injuries in older people

Large, multi-site, multi-intervention trial will test new patient-centered strategies

Each year, 1 out of 3 adults aged 65 and over falls. A third of those falls result in moderate to severe injuries that can lead to further declines in health and loss of independence. Thousands of older adults die each year from such falls as well. To find effective, evidence-based strategies to address the personal and public health burden of these falls, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI) have joined to support a clinical trial to test individually tailored interventions to prevent fall-related injuries. The award, made by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) of the NIH and funded by PCORI as part of the Falls Injuries Prevention Partnership of the two organizations, is expected to total some $30 million over the five-year project. - more

University of Iowa Health Alliance

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Des Moines, IA 50309