Support Groups - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
Support Groups - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
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If you know of other support groups which could be listed – please e-mail

We are always in need of family support group facilitators and Connections facilitators (for persons with mental illness) - please contact to volunteer.

NAMI Principles of Support

  •     We will see the individual first, not the illness.
  •     We recognize mental illnesses are brain disorders.
  •     We aim for better coping skills.
  •     We find strength in sharing experiences.
  •     We reject stigma in ourselves and in others.
  •     We won't judge anyone's pain as less than our own.
  •     We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
  •     We embrace humor as healthy.
  •     We accept we cannot resolve all problems.
  •     We expect a better future in a realistic way.
  •     We will never give up hope!

Suicide Prevention Life Line 1-800-273-TALK
Veterans Suicide Prevention Life Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Suicide Signs to Look For:


If a person talks about:

  • Being a burden to others
  • Feeling trapped
  • Experiencing unbearable pain
  • Having no reason to live
  • Killing themselves


People who are considering suicide often display one or more of the following moods:

  • Depression
  • Loss of interest
  • Rage
  • Irritability
  • Humiliation
  • Anxiety           



Specific things to look out for include:

  • Increased use of alcohol or drugs
  • Looking for a way to kill themselves, such as searching online for materials or means
  • Acting recklessly
  • Withdrawing from activities
  • Isolating from family and friends
  • Sleeping too much or too little
  • Visiting or calling people to say goodbye
  • Giving away prized possessions
  • Aggression


For more information, contact these sources

Suicide Prevention Action Network (  and
the American Association of Suicidology(

                                                        Support Groups for Family Members

        Des Moines - Third Sunday of the month –Family members 
if you are interested in participating in a NAMI family support group, please contact Susie & Richard McCauley 274-5095 or  Meetings are at Eyerly-Ball Community Mental Health Center-1301 Center 2:30-4 PM

Ankeny1st Tuesday of each month – Family members
if you are interested in participating in a NAMI family support group, please contact Nora Breniman at 964-1593 or Regina Murphy at 777-0191, Group meets at  Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut, Ankeny, RM 310/314
7-8:30 PM

2nd Thursday of each month – 6:30 P.M. – a support group for Family members
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines–in Room 102. Supper (free will offering) is available at 5:30 prior to the support group.  Grace and Russ are facilitators - 515-205-9765.

  This is your invitation to join the Online Support Group for Parents of minor children with mental health needs: It is a Closed FaceBook Group: "NAMI IOWA's Casserole Club" or NICC (as in the nick of time!)  For more information, contact Rachel Peterson @ 254-0417

4th Monday of each month – 5:30 – 7 PM – a support group for Polk County parents and caregivers of children and adolescents with severe emotional disturbance (SED) or mental illness – a sibling support group meets separately - at Capitol Hill Lutheran Church, 511 Des Moines St., in the basement – child care provided, can also provide free transportation and interpretation services –  pre-register, if possible – call Angie at 558-9998.

Friends of Iowa Prisoners has a meeting at Noon on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 12th St., Des Moines.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month –Voices to be Heard Support group – Wesley United Methodist Church –800 E. 12th - - Light meal at 5:30 P.M.  Support group for adults and program for children from 6 PM to 7PM.  –If you have a loved one in prison or parole system you are concerned about or if you are concerned about those in prison, please feel free to join us.  If you have questions, please contact Melissa Nelson at

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month - 6:30 to 8 PM - Support groups for Families of Veterans - "Peaceful Homefront" - 2 types of support groups offered - for adults and for children ages 9-12.  Location is at the Dallas Co. Hospital in Perry.  For more information, contact Genesis - 515-465-7541 or toll free 877-465-7541 

NAMI Family Member support group video - 2 minutes - click here

NAMI Family Member support group video - 1 minute - click here

NAMI Family Member support group video - 30 seconds - click here

Gertie's story - click here

Connie's story - click here


             SUPPORT GROUPS for Persons in Recovery

 Every Tuesday afternoon 2-3:30 P.M. – a support group for persons with mental illness – facilitated by persons with mental illness – at the NAMI Greater Des Moines office - 511 E. 6th St., Suite B.  For more information, contact Alexandra at 515-344-2368 or

Every Tuesday evening – 8-10 P.M. - Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people who have nervous and mental troubles – at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3120 E. 24th St., Des Moines – Call 266-2346 – Marty Hulsebus.

Tuesday evenings 5:30-7:00 Dual Diagnosis support group at Eyerly Ball Mental Health Services – call 243-5181 for more info.

Tuesday evenings 7:30 PM - 4211 Grand – Friends House – in the Meeting House – Meditation and Mindfulness Group – sponsored by Crossroads of Iowa  

Every Thursday evening 6:30-7:30 PM – 4211 Grand – Friends House – in the Conference Room – H30 - a support group with a focus on opiate, heroin and prescription pill addiction for Women – sponsored by Crossroads of Iowa  633-7968 – please pre-register

Every Thursday evening – 7:45 – 9:45 P.M.Recovery, Inc. - a self-help group for people who have nervous and mental troubles – at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1020 24th St., in West Des Moines. Call – 277-6071-Deb Rogers.

Every Saturday afternoon – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. – the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets at Iowa Lutheran Hospital – University at Penn Avenue – Level B – private dining room.  Contact Debbie at

For persons suffering from postpartum depression – a support group entitled “Amazing Girls Accepting Peace Everyday (AGAPE)”.  Information can be found at – enter AGAPE.  You need to request to be a part of the group – contact Tricia at

An Epilepsy Support group is held the 4th Thursday of every month at 6 PM at Mercy Medical Center, East Tower, Room 3,
1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines.  For more information, contact Roxanne Cogil 515-238-7660 or

Every Saturday evening-“The Road”-Christian Life Center location, 710 NE 36th street in Ankeny  (easy access from the new exit off I-35) – the schedule:  6 PM Pizza supper with free will offering, 7:15 PM Worship, 8 PM recovery groups.  Child care available for infants and toddlers.  For further questions, call 515-777-8333 to speak to a team member.  Facebook page: TheRoad@AFUMC 

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Chapter - a national non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and support families affected by autism.  Please contact Susan for more information on meetings, or go to Facebook at  The website is www. - Say anything. It’s time we talked about mental health. Need to talk? 1-800-273-TALK (8255)


Free helpline - Addiction Helper


Coping After a Suicide Support Groups 

In addition to the groups at the above location, other help may be available depending on your community and may include: Compassionate Friends (13 groups in Iowa);  Funeral Homes; Faith Organizations; Employee Assistance Programs; Guidance Counselors; Hospice; and Amanda the Panda.

Know Science.  No Stigma.
Know the biological underpinnings of mental illness to debunk myths suggesting brain and behavior disorders are not bona fide illnesses. These myths—and the stigma they create—often keep people from getting the help they need to lead full, productive and happy lives.

Warning: Regular or heavy alcohol use can worsen most psychological states, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or eating problems. Alcohol can change the way a person feels in the short run; however, the overall effect only worsens a disorder. Marijuana and other drugs can have similar or more serious effects on the brain. Did You Know? More than 90% of people who kill themselves are suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders. 50 to 75% of all suicides give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. Imminent signs must be taken seriously.

Did You Know?
More than 90% of people who kill themselves are suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders. 50 to 75% of all suicides give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. Imminent signs must be taken seriously.

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