NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley News

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, or call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10-2).

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NAMI Seeks Development Manager

One in five persons will experience a mental health condition at any given time. Join the NAMI cause to break social stigma, build community acceptance, and provide greater access to health care and supports.

NAMI is a grassroots organization that focuses on filling an information gap for families, helping them to learn how to better support and advocate for a loved one living with a mental health condition. Our programs are nationally-developed and complement the work of health care and social work providers. Education and support programs are offered to individuals living with a condition, and their families.

NAMI GMV seeks a part-time Development Manager with a minimum two years fundraising experience. NAMI Development Manager Open Position

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New NAMI Family & Friends Seminar

Photo collage of Smiling families.




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.

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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