e-Newsletter / October 22, 2020
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Jim's Blog: Living, Breathing, Values

I hope you will  get a chance to peruse our most recent annual report. (Stay tuned, it will be sent out next week!)

The  Center's community relations team did a great job organizing the narrative around our foundational values. As I thought about those values as expressed in the report and on our web site I had a moment: these values are the reason I chose to join in the Center's work as an executive director. So much of who I am as a person in this world and my own values align directly with what this place is about..." READ MORE

Annie Brandt, Bank of America Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Iowa
Learn how Bank of America cares for their employees

The Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center recently partnered with Bank of America to provide wellness services to BOA employees

Annie Brandt, Bank of America Senior Vice President and Market Manager for Iowa shared this: "I was talking with my market president about ways we can connect with our team in this virtual world, and she reminded me of her often repeated mantra, 'Move your body, heal your mind.'  

"I thought of the things Bank of America is offering teammates across the country like chair yoga and guided mindfulness meditation."

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Billie's Blog: The two faces of autumn

Billie Wade, guest writer
Autumn and winter are often a time of increased stress, anxiety, and deeper depression, now complicated as our time with family friends, work, recreation, and travel became almost nonexistent seven months ago. The holiday season looms large, perhaps more so than in past years. Here are some ideas for getting through autumn and winter...

Read more of Billie's blogs HERE

The Center's psychiatry  team is accepting new patients. 

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GratitudeGratitude and Giving
Thank you to our donors!
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Thanks to our generous donors, 40 percent of our services are offered at a subsidized rate to children, teens, adults and families in our community who need high quality, low cost mental health services.

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ClassesClasses and Opportunities
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Lifting the Veil: Effective Employer/Employee Tools and Techniques to Navigate the Pandemic

October 29th

Register HERE

The Center is a Sustaining Sponsor of these free, live, online events, continuing the conversation about mental health issues in the pandemic.  These events will be dynamic, solution-oriented discussions that leave our attendees with practical tools for coping during challenging times. The events will be virtual talk-show style, with dsm guest contributor and Iowa business leader Deidre DeJear leading candid conversations with mental health leaders responding to questions from viewers.  Click here to learn more and register for any or all events through November.
Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction - Live online
Allison Peet, Certified MBSR Instructor

Evenings - Begins January 4, 2021

Evidence-based program:
  • Increase Focus & Creativity 
  • Decrease Stress & Anxiety
  • Regulate Emotion

Are you ready to live life as if it really matters, to release what no longer benefits you, and remember your own innate resources for strength and resilience? Space is limited. Register and learn more HERE.

21-Day Equity Challenge - join us

The 21-Day Equity Challenge, Oct 5-Nov 2, is a powerful opportunity to develop a deeper understanding of how inequity and racism affect our lives and our community. Daily topics include Understanding Privilege, Housing & Redlining, Justice System Inequities, Allyship, and many more.  The experience will deepen understanding, suggest ways to take action, and help launch what we hope will be a lifelong commitment to improving equity and inclusion in our community. Free to participate.

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Support group for survivors of suicide loss

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, the Survivor of Suicide Loss Group will be held live online until further notice. If you've lost a loved one to suicide and need support, please contact Andrea Severson at aseverson@dmpcc.org.

This support group is offered as a free community service, with thanks to generous supporters of the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center.

The Center has convened an antiracism learning group. If you would like to participate in current or future opportunities, please send an email to tspeirs@dmpcc.org. Our next discussion series will start in September. We are reading together the young adult novel, "The Hate You Give" by Angie Thomas.
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Terri Speirs
Be well,

Terri Mork Speirs, she/hers
Director of Community Relations
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center