NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley News

NAMI offers Family-to-Family Class to Help Residents of Henry County

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to offer its no-cost education program to family members and caregivers of adults – 18 years or older – living with a mental health condition. Taught by family members who have also been there – this nationally-developed course is federal-agency approved.

Download the flier here: NAMI Family to Family 2018 – Geneseo

12-week class September 4 to November 20 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at St. Malachy’s Church in Geneseo. Registrations may be accepted through Class 3 (September 17) if space is still available.

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NAMI Family-to-Family Offers Hope to Caregivers

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is pleased to offer its no-cost education program to family members and caregivers of adults – 18 years or older – living with a mental health condition. Taught by family members who have also been there – this nationally developed course is federal agency approved.

Download the flier here: NAMI_Family_to_Family_Black Hawk College_Spring_2018

12-week class April 17 to July 3 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Hawk College in Moline. Registrations may be accepted through Class 2 (April 24) if space is still available.

Please register by calling BLACK HAWK COLLEGE PACE: (309) 796-8223. Instructors will call you prior to start of class. REGISTRATION OPENS APRIL 3.

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NAMI offers Homefront Class for Service Member Families

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NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session program for military and veteran Service Member Families. The class is adapted from a national program designed to help family members understand and support a loved one living with a mental health condition, while maintaining their own well-being. This class specifically focuses on the unique needs of military and veteran families. The course is taught by peers — other family members who have “been there” and understand what you may now be experiencing. This course is promoted by the Veterans Administration under a national Memorandum of Understanding with NAMI. Please register and a teacher will contact you prior to the start of class. Registration Deadline is April 2 @ 2 p.m.

DOWNLOAD THE FLIER HERE: NAMI Homefront – Moline Spring 2018

The course is offered on 6 Wednesdays from April 4 to May 9 at Western Illinois University, Quad Cities Complex, 3300 River Drive in Moline, Ill.  Call NAMI to register: M-F 10 to 2 at 563-386-7477 Ext. 266.

NAMI Homefront teaches you how to:

  • Manage crises, solve problems and communicate effectively
  • Learn to care for yourself, including managing your stress
  • Develop the confidence and stamina to support your family member with compassion
  • Identify and access federal, state and local services
  • Stay informed on the latest research and information on mental health, including posttraumatic stress disorder and substance abuse
  • Understand current treatments, including evidence-based therapies, medications and side effects
  • Navigate the challenges and impact of mental health conditions on the entire family
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Shop for NAMI sponsored by Bucktown

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Do your holiday shopping at Bucktown and support NAMI, the National Alliance on Mental Illness.

The artists at Bucktown are donating a portion of their holiday sales from Friday, November 24 to Friday, December 15 to NAMI. Visit Bucktown Center for the Arts at 225 East 2nd Street, Davenport, IA.

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Bucktown Wine Walk Benefits NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

NAMI is the charity of choice to benefit from proceeds of the Bucktown Wine Walk. Join the artists of Bucktown Center for the Arts Friday, December 15, from 6 to 9 p.m. at 225 East Second Street, Davenport.

Admission is free. Guests may purchase a hand-painted wine glass for $20, which entitles them to a tasting of sparkling waters, unique wines and light snacks.

The evening will include strolling carolers from the Black Hawk College Community Chorale. Special drawing gives attendees a chance to win a Quad Cities shop-local swag basket featuring items ranging from a hotel stay to a margarita kit.

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NAMI to Hold Bingo Fundraiser December 7

Fundraiser Supports Family Mental Health Education in Six Counties

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is hosting a holiday bingo fundraiser to support its free family education programs. The fundraiser is Thursday, December 7 at CASI, the Center for Active Seniors, 1035 W. Kimberly Road Davenport.  Doors open at 6 p.m. with bingo starting at 6:30 p.m. Admission is $10 at the door or online at

The evening features entertainment and bingo prizes. Attendees are encouraged to bring a dessert to share. For further information, call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266.

About NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley

One in five people experience a mental health disorder in any given year. This grassroots organization is an affiliate of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, providing free education and support programs to individuals and families living with a serious mental health condition. NAMI GMV fills an otherwise unmet information gap in our community, serving residents in Muscatine, Clinton, Scott Counties in Iowa and Mercer, Henry, Rock Island Counties in Illinois.


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New Education Program for Veteran Service Member Families

DOWNLOAD THE FLIER: NAMI Homefront Fall 2017

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NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley (NAMI GMV) is introducing an education class designed to meet the unique needs of Military and Veteran Service Member Families who support a loved one diagnosed with a mental health condition including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder or Traumatic Brain Injury.  NAMI Homefront is an adaptation of NAMI’s Family-to-Family program, which has been offered to hundreds of thousands of people. Through a national Memorandum of Understanding with the Veterans Administration (VA), NAMI GMV is actively working with the VA in Iowa City and Quad Cities to promote the inaugural class.

NAMI Homefront is offered free to adult family and friends who support an active-duty or veteran loved one with a mental health condition. The class will be held six Wednesdays evenings from October 4 to November 8 on the campus of Western Illinois University. Registration is required. Please contact NAMI GMV by September 29 at 563-386-7477 Ext. 266.

According to RAND Corporation research, post 9/11 military caregiver’s profiles are unique from older generations. They are likely to be a spouse or friend of a person living with condition, and are facing the financial and emotional stress of juggling both work and caregiving. Pre-9/11 caregivers tend to be more traditional in that they are “typically older adults caring for an aging parent or a spouse caring for an aging partner.”

According to RAND, caregivers supporting persons with behavioral conditions are more likely to experience depression.

“This class teaches family and friends how to cope, take care of themselves, and become a more effective advocate for their loved one,” says Lloyd Kilmer, PhD, NAMI Homefront instructor. “As a family member who has supported a loved one living with PTSD, I’m volunteer teaching to help others get the tools they need to be empowered.” NAMI Homefront is a nationally-developed course written by mental health professionals who are also family members.

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