NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley News

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

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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Now Registering for NAMI Family to Family Class

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley offers nationally-developed education programs that teach families to cope, communicate and effectively advocate for a loved one living with a serious mental health condition.

Registrations are now being taken through September 5 for a free Family to Family class. This program is designed for family members, partners and friends of individuals 18 years or older living with a serious 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 12 weeks long and is offered at Black Hawk College Outreach Center, 301 Avenue of the Cities in East Moline, Ill. The class is Thursdays from 6 to 8:30 p.m. running from September 7 to November 30.

Please register and instructors will call prior to start of class to learn more and answer questions. To register please call Black Hawk College continuing education at 309-796-8223. DOWNLOAD FLIER HERE: NAMI Family-to-Family Class at Black Hawk College Fall 2017

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NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley Honorary Chair Announced

Colleen Rafferty of Moline, Ill., is the 2017 NAMIWalks Greater Mississippi Valley honorary chair.  An advocate for persons living with a serious mental health condition, she will work with NAMI to bring awareness to the September 23 – 5K Walk. This is a fun, family event that supports a serious cause: educating family and peers on living well with a mental health condition.

“As past Board Chairperson of the Robert Young Center for Community Mental Health, it’s been my privilege to stand with NAMI and others in our great community to fight the stigma associated with mental illness,” said Rafferty.

“Virtually every family is touched by mental illness in some way. My own family is no exception. Having suffered myself from post-partum depression and anxiety, I know first-hand how devastating – and how treatable – mental illness can be,” she said.

Rafferty is a marketing consultant and the former Executive Directors of Women’s Connection – a business women’s group. She now serves on the board of directors for the Moline Library, UnityPoint Health – Trinity Medical Center and Trinity Regional Health System.

Register to walk or donate today

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NAMI Family-to-Family Class Registration Opens August 7

NAMI Family-to-Family Class is free to family members who have a loved one 18 or older living with a serious mental health condition. This is a nationally-developed program delivered locally by trained volunteers who have lived experience with mental illness.

12-week class September 7 to November 30, 2017 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at Black Hawk College Outreach Center in East Moline. No class the week of Thanksgiving. Registration deadline is September 5.

Please register by calling BLACK HAWK COLLEGE PACE August 7 to September 5: (309) 796-8223. Instructors will call you prior to start of class.

DOWNLOAD FLIER: NAMI Family-to-Family Class at Black Hawk College Fall 2017

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Annual Member Meeting is Wednesday, June 7

Join us for hors d’oeuvres as we welcome NAMI Iowa Executive Director Peggy Huppert. Peggy will update us the state’s priorities and activities. We’ll also ask members to affirm three new board members:


  • Laurie Edge, AAA Contracting
  • Mary Petersen, UnityPoint Health – Robert Young Center
  • Torri Smith, Family Resources


If your membership needs to be renewed, consider doing that now – online.

Meeting begins at 5:30 p.m. at CASI – Center for Active Seniors – 1035 W. Kimberly Road, Davenport

RSVP to or 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 (M-F 10 to 2)


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Register Now for NAMI Basics Class

 We’re now registering for the NAMI Basics class. This is a free course for parents and grandparents of children and adolescents who have exhibited a mental health symptom prior to age 13. NAMI Basics is a nationally-developed program, taught by trained parents who understand the challenges families face. 

The course covers the biology of the brain, latest research and an overview of treatment options. Participants gain coping and communication skills to positively impact the family dynamic, and learn how to navigate various systems of care including health care, social work, education and legal systems. 

Foster parents receive special CEU credit.

The class runs Thursday evenings from May 4 to June 8 from 6 to 8:30 p.m. at CASI, the Center for Active Seniors, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport.


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NAMI Smarts Teaches Family Members and Peers Advocacy

  NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is offering a free training to teach individuals living with a serious mental health condition, and their family members, how to advocate by telling their personal stories. The training will be held Saturday, April 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at CASI, 1035 West Kimberly Road, Davenport. There is no charge for this training and lunch is provided.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is a hands-on training program that helps people living with mental illness, friends and family transform their passion and lived experience into skillful grassroots advocacy.

NAMI Smarts for Advocacy is designed as a series of three 1-2 hour workshops or modules or as a single full-day training that develop the following skills:

  • Telling a compelling story that is inspiring and makes an “ask” in 90 seconds
  • Writing an effective email, making an elevator speech and making an impactful phone call
  • Orchestrating a successful meeting with an elected official

The unique step-by-step, skill-building design of NAMI Smarts is effective with a wide range of participants, including those who are new to advocacy as well as individuals with years of experience.

Register by Tuesday, March 28 is required. Please call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 or email at

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