New Partners in Henry County Illinois

Thanks to 2020 grants from the Henry County Mental Health 708 Board and the Henry County Mental Health Alliance, NAMI will bring its first class to Kewanee, Illinois in April 2020. NAMI Family-to-Family educates family members and significant others supporting an adult loved one living with a mental health condition. Learn more here. 

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Muscatine County Expansion

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to announce it is expanding its education and support programs into Muscatine County. A three-year commitment from the Muscatine Health Support Granting Fund has kick-started this effort.

In partnership with the Muscatine Department of Public Health and Trinity Muscatine, NAMI will bring programming for family and caregivers supporting adults and youth living with a mental health condition. Initially, this partnership will work on early detection and treatment, and suicide prevention for youth.

Now Enrolling for these Free NAMI Programs

Family & Friends Seminar – February 10 @ 5:30 p.m. @ Musser Public Library

Open to the public, this is a 90-minute seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. Please pre-register online or call our office at 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10:00 am -2:00 pm). Musser Public Library is located at 408 E. 2nd Street, Room 301, Muscatine.

Family-to-Family Education Starts February 18

Who should attend: Family members and caregivers supporting a loved one over the age of 18 who lives with a mental health condition. Conditions covered are: Depression, Bi-Polar Disorder, Schizophrenia, Obsessive Compulsive Disorder, Panic & Anxiety Disorder, Post Traumatic Disorder, Co-Occurring Disorders, and Borderline Personality Disorder.
 
This 8-week education program is offered at no cost to participants and is nationally developed and federal agency approved.
 
This program will run on Tuesday evenings beginning February 18th through April 7th 6:00-8:30 p.m. Registration is open until February 25th (class 2). To register please call: Muscatine Community College at: 563-366-3444, Course # 9088. For further questions, call our NAMI office at 563-386-7477-x 266 (M-F 10-2). During registration one of the co instructors will contact each registrant for a phone conversation 1-2 weeks before the program begins.
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Now Enrolling Online Program for Service Member Families

Online Course for Service Member Families Starts January 29
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NAMI Homefront is a free, 6-session program for family, friends and significant others of military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families understand what the Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life transition, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Free. Confidential.
These online sessions fill quickly. Learn more:  https://www.namigmv.org/find-support/nami-homefront/  

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NAMI Spring Family Education Class Schedule

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley offers free nationally-developed education programs that teach families to cope, communicate and effectively advocate for a loved one living with a mental health condition. To register for NAMI courses, visit www.namigmv.org or call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266.

NAMI Homefront will be held six Wednesday evenings from April 8 to May 13 at Army Sustainment Command Headquarters Building at the Rock Island Arsenal, Rock Island, Ill. Registration is required by April 5. Through a national Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration, NAMI is working with the VA in Iowa City and Quad Cities to promote this specialized class for veteran and active-duty service member families. The course is designed for family members supporting a loved one living with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, Traumatic Brain Injury and other mental health conditions.

NAMI Family-to-Family will be held 12 Tuesday evenings from April 23 to July 9 at St. Paul Lutheran Church, Davenport, Iowa. Register by April 19. The course is designed for family members and caregivers of individuals 18 years or older living with a mental health condition. Course topics include family response to trauma, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, problem solving, communications skills, and self-care for caregivers. The program is taught by trained family members who have lived experience.

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NAMI Offers Family Education for Clinton and Jackson Counties

NAMI is offering an education program designed for family members who support an adult living with a mental health condition. The course is made available by a grant from the Eastern Iowa Mental Health and Disabilities Service Region that includes Jackson and Clinton counties.

NAMI Family-to-Family program is 12 Monday evenings beginning March 4 at Clinton Community College, 1000 Lincoln Boulevard, Clinton. The course is designed for family members and caregivers of individuals 18 years or older living with a mental health condition. Course topics include family response to trauma, diagnosis and dealing with critical periods, problem solving, communications skills, and self-care for caregivers.

Registration is required by calling Clinton Community College 1-800-850-5440, Course #3813, or visiting online. Additional information about NAMI is available by calling 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10-2).

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NAMI Offers Education for Henry County, Illinois

NAMI is partnering with Foster Hope – QC Area of Atkinson, Ill. to deliver two family education programs. Both organizations can offer these programs as part of a grant from the Doris & Victor Day Foundation and the Moline Foundation.

NAMI Family & Friends Seminar will be held Saturday, February 16 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Foster Hope offices, 107 South State Street, Atkinson. The seminar is free and open to the public. Registration is required. NAMI family instructors will share their own family stories, and talk about mental health diagnoses, crisis strategies and available community resources. Illinois CEU credit for foster parents is available. Learn more  or call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10-2).

NAMI Basics education program will be offered in six sessions beginning Saturday, April 6 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at Foster Hope offices, 107 South State Street, Atkinson. The course is free and available to parents, foster parents, and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have shown symptoms of a mental health condition. Registration is required open through April 6. Illinois and Iowa CEU credits are available to foster parents. Learn more or call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10-2).

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Foster Family Mental Health Education offers CEU Credits

NAMI is partnering with Four Oaks Foster and Adoptive Family Connection to offer up to 15-hours continuing education credit to Illinois and Iowa foster parents that care for youth exhibiting mental health symptoms.  Grants from Theisen’s and the Quad Cities Community Foundation make this foster course possible.

“NAMI is a national organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals living with a mental health condition and their families,” says Vicki Walters, local NAMI education coordinator. “Our programs are taught by family members with lived experiences. These programs offer new insights into mental health conditions, as well as support for all-types of family members who serve as caregivers.”

NAMI Basics education program will be offered in six sessions beginning Sunday, March 24 from 2 to 4:30 p.m. at CASI – Center for Active Seniors, 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport. The course is free and available to parents, foster parents, and other caregivers of children and adolescents who have shown symptoms of a mental health condition. Registration is required. Learn more at www.namigmv.org, https://bit.ly/2Ld15Sl or call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10-2).

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New NAMI Family & Friends Seminar

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NAMI Family & Friends is a free four-hour seminar that informs people who have loved ones with a mental health condition how to best support them. It’s also an opportunity to meet other people in similar situations and gain community support. We’re scheduling these seminars monthly – so check our events calendar please.

What You’ll Learn
The seminar is led by trained people with lived experience of supporting a family member with a mental health condition. They will walk you through the following topics.

Understanding diagnoses, treatment and recovery
Effective communication strategies
The importance of self-care
Crisis preparation strategies
NAMI and community resources

Additional Resources
The NAMI Family & Friends companion eBook provides important information about mental health conditions including: conditions and diagnoses, treatment and recovery, crisis planning, resources and more. You can download it for free at Amazon and Barnes & Noble where select languages are available for the Kindle, Nook and compatible ebook apps.

Amazon
Barnes & Noble
Compressed Epub or Mobi files (English)
Compressed Epub or Mobi files (Arabic, Chinese, Farsi, Korean, and Vietnamese)

Thank You to these Community Partners
These seminars are possible by the generosity of our grant partners – Thank You! In Scott County: The Regional Development Authority. In Rock Island and Henry Counties: The Doris & Victor Day Foundation, The Moline Foundation, Rauch Family Foundation, and Rock Island Community Foundation.

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