National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Johnson County
January 29, 2019
National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) Johnson County Newsletter
In This Issue

Mother Nature has been giving us a lot of winter weather. I hope you have been able to keep up with our changing calendar of events. NAMI office and R Place will be closed on Wednesday, January 30th. We will cancel all support groups, NAMI Rally and Family to Family class starting this week. 

Mary Issah
phone: 319-337-5400
 --NAMI Support Groups--

E very Tuesday  - 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m.   (Canceled due to winter weather)  Connection Support Group  meets at R Place (10 E. Benton Street). 
The Connection support group is facilitated by individuals living with a mental illness who are trained in facilitating support meetings, but are NOT professional counselors.  The meetings are open to all individuals who have a mental illness.
Every Thursday - 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. (Canceled due to winter weather) Family Support Group meets at NAMIJC office (1105 Gilbert Ct. Suite 200).
The family support group is facilitated by family members, who are trained in facilitating support meetings, but are NOT professional counselors. The meetings are open to all families who are concerned about a family member who is experiencing mental illness. 
Second Thursday each month  - 9:00  a.m.   (February 14th )  -  NAMI Family Breakfast for breakfast and conversation.  
Meets at Midtown Family Restaurant II (1069 Highway 1 West).
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You're always WELCOME at R PLACE!

10 E. Benton Street 
Our Vision
To provide opportunities for adults who experience the effects of mental illness and dual diagnosis to rejoin the worlds of friendship, family, meaningful work, and education.

What We Offer
A peer-led meeting place where peers support peers. A restorative environment of hope, support, and encouragement for recovery. A safe, nurturing, non-judgmental community for those affected by mental illness.


Two upcoming Adult Mental Health First Aid Classes in February and March in  Iowa City/Coralville. The February Class will be Tuesday, February 12th and Friday, February 15th from 12:30 - 5:30 pm at the Coralville Public Library (1401 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241). The March class will be Tuesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 21st from 12:30 - 5:30 pm at the Johnson County Services Building (855 Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240). Please sign up in advance if you plan to attend by emailing Peggy at <>, who will send you a google form, once that is completed you will be registered for the class. Classes are offered at no cost thanks to support from the from the Mental Health & Disability Services of the East Center Region. Classes are 2-days in the afternoon, lunch is NOT provided. Please see attached flyer and help us by share this information/flyer with others who may be interested.
8 continuing education credits or CEUs are available upon request for a small fee, please contact Peggy in advance if you would like to receive CEUs for taking the course.
February Class
What: Mental Health First Aid
When: Tuesday, February 12th and Friday, February 15th
Time: 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm.
Where: Coralville Public Library
1401 5th Street, Coralville, IA 52241
March Class
What: Mental Health First Aid
When: Tuesday, March 19th and Thursday, March 21st
Time: 12:30 pm - 5:30 pm
Where: Johnson County Services Building
          855 Dubuque Street, Iowa City, IA 52240
Thank you,
Peggy Loveless, Ph.D.
Mental Health Education Specialists
Mental Health First Aid Trainer
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What is Mental Health First Aid?
The Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) program is an interactive 8-hour certification class that introduces participants to risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems, builds understanding of their impact, and overviews common treatments. 
Specifically, participants learn:
  • The potential risk factors and warning signs for a range of mental health problems, including: depression, anxiety/trauma, psychosis and psychotic disorders, eating disorders, substance use disorders, and self-injury,
  • An understanding of the prevalence of various mental health disorders in the U.S. and the need for reduced stigma in their communities,
  • A 5-step action plan encompassing the skills, resources and knowledge to assess the situation, to select and implement appropriate interventions, and to help the individual in crisis connect with appropriate professional care, 
  • The appropriate professional, peer, social, and self-help resources available to help someone with a mental health problem.
Similar to CPR, you will become certified as a Mental Health First Aider.
Who should become a Mental Health First Aider?  All of the following will probably be in church congregations - so all apply!  Rather than list all below, I would say - everyone from your church/synagogue/temple/etc. because they include (use following list)
Participants for each training vary, but include hospitals and federally qualified health centers, state policymakers, employers and chambers of commerce, faith communities, school personnel, state police and corrections staff, nursing home staff, mental health authorized support staff, young people, families, and the general public. 





  Upcoming Events and Activities for 2019

Saturday, February 16 from 10:30 to 12:30 Provider Training Legislative Talk at Iowa City Public library  

Saturday, February 16th at 6:30 pm Sound of Friendship Concert,  St. Andrew Presbyterian Church

Sunday, February 17th at 6:30 pm Orchestra Iowa Pre-Concert Resource Fair at West High  

Wednesday, February 20 at 5:30 pm NAMI Membership M eeting and Educational Program

Thursday, March 7 at 11:30 am NAMIWalks Kick Off Luncheon, Radisson Hotel Coralville

Tuesday, March 12 in Des Moines, NAMI DAY ON THE HILL in Des Moines 

Saturday, April 27th 8:30 check in and 10:00 NAMIWalks starts at Terry Trueblood Rec Area


National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

Johnson County  

1105 Gilbert Court, Suite 200 

Iowa City, IA 52240


Hours: Monday - Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. 

Additional Resources

Click the below links for additional resources, support groups and educational materials :

 Click the below links for Crisis Intervention:


       Iowa Help Line
       (24 Hours/Day)

  • Talk: 855-800-1239
  • Text: 855-800-1239

      Iowa Warm Line 

      (7 Days a Week/5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.)

  • Talk: 844-775-9276
  • Click here to learn more about the warm line
Click the below link to become a NAMI member: