NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley News

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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Spring Education Class Registration Deadlines Near

Free Classes Help Families and Individuals Living with a Serious Mental Health Condition

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 March 1 for the 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 in two locations.

  • From March 8 to May 24 at CASI – Center for Active Seniors, Davenport.
  • From March 7 to May 23 at Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center, Rock Island.

NAMI offers a second course, a Peer to Peer class for adult individuals living with a serious mental health condition. This free course is offered on Tuesday evenings from April 4 to June 6 at the Vera French Carol Center, Davenport. The course focuses on gaining communication and coping skills, as well as creating a personalized recovery action plan. Register by April 3.

Please register and instructors will call prior to start of class to learn more and answer questions. For more information or to register please call 563-386-7477 Ext. 266 or email at

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Looking for a Contract Outreach Coordinator

NAMI Greater Mississippi Valley is seeking an Outreach Coordinator to help us expand our education and support programs.

You will be opening doors and helping us define relationships with affiliated healthcare and social work professionals, civic and faith-based organizations, and the business community. In 2017, we will be particularly focused on expansion in Rock Island County.

This is an independent contractor relationship. The position is focused on meeting the criteria of several grants and offers a flexible schedule.
  • You may be required to work evenings and weekends to support community events.
  • This positions pays $20 an hour  and is now funded through mid-September. As a contractor, you’ll be responsible for withholding for your own taxes.
  • Using a plan we’ve started for you, you’ll be off to a quick start with an investment of 8 hours per week and tangible goals to meet.
We anticipate interviews January 4 to 6. A general job description is attached.
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NAMIWalk Season Continues – Please Help Families

NAMIWalk 2016. Collins and Ristau.With nearly 1,200 persons walking today (and a lot of dogs and kids in strollers!) we’ve raised more than $92,000. There is still time to support our education programs. We offer nationally-developed courses taught by trained local volunteers. These are family members or peers living with a serious mental health condition who have been “there” and can help others navigate to provide stronger family structures and paths to recovery.

All of these evidence-based programs are offered free to our community. We can do this because of the support by individuals just like you. Please follow this link to make a donation.

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NAMIWalk Chair Heidi Huiskamp Collins tells her story

What a powerful champion we have in Heidi Huiskamp Collins. She’ll be leading the 2016 NAMIWalk. Heidi joined Paula Sands to tell her story.  See the video here:

Join Heidi and register your walk team today:


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