Scheduled Education classes and Trainings - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
Scheduled Education classes and Trainings - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
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Scheduled Education classes and Trainings

New NAMI Online Course Helps People Who May Have PTSD - click here

NAMI has a short course about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d like to talk to a professional.

“This course is not meant to give you a diagnosis, but to provide you with a safe way to explore your treatment options,” says a person from the program. “Use it as a way to think about your experiences, compare them to the experiences of others, and figure out if you'd like to learn more. This information will also give you an idea of the treatments available, in case you decide you'd like to talk with a professional as your next step.”

NAMI Online Course  - Homefront - for the Spring 2019 session

Register here        Email:       Phone: 703-524-7600 
Click here for the flyer

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.

Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended.

2019 Classes to be offered
Pre-register with the Executive Director or call 515-850-1467 or 515-277-0672 
here for the 2019 Program Guide (with all offerings listed).  Here's a list:

Wellness Workshops

  • Watercolor Meditation
  • Zentangle & Mindfulness
  • Visual Journaling
  • Aromatherapy & You
  • Musical Connections for Wellness
  • Art as Meditation

NAMI Signature Programs

......NAMI Smarts for Advocacy
......NAMI Family to Family
......NAMI Homefront
......NAMI Peer to Peer
......NAMI Provider Education
......NAMI In Our Own Voice
......NAMI Ending the Silence

NAMI Support Groups

.....NAMI Connection Peer Support Groups
.....NAMI Family Support Groups

Trainings, Presentations and Lunch & Learn Opportunities

  • Hearing Voices That Are Distressing
  • Mental Health First Aid
  • Community Conversations 2.0

Coming this year:
NAMI Family and Friends

Presentations that Schools, Universities, Businesses, Mental Health Treatment Organizations and Community Organizations Can Request

Mental Health First Aid class (8 hours) -Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.  Participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in crisis, and when to turn for help.   
Schedule with Teresa Bomhoff or call 515-274-6876 - Per person cost is $30.

IOOV (In Our Own Voice) - A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness.  Presenters humanize this often misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible – and common – to live well with mental illness.  In Our Own Voice provides the audience with a chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispels stereotypes.

In Our Own Voice Presentations Are FREE,.
Call 515.850.1467 or email for more information or to schedule a presentation

Hearing Voices That Are Distressing -During this simulated experience of hearing voices, participants undertake a series of tasks including a psychiatric interview, cognitive tasks and group activities in a mock day treatment program.  The simulation experience is followed by a debriefing and discussion period.   
Call 515.850.1467 or email for more information or to schedule a presentation.  

Hearing Voices presentations are FREE.  

Ending the Silence -  A 50-minute presentation designed for middle and high school students.  Participants learn when, where and how to get help for themselves or friends experiencing symptoms of mental illness, early warning signs, as well as facts and statistics about youth and mental health conditions. 

An Ending the Silence for Families presentation is also available for parents and caregivers.  It is to educate families about t he early warning signs of mental illness and how early recognition and prevention is key to positive outcomes.

An Ending the Silence for School Staff 50 minute presentation is also available.  It is to educate school staff members about the early warning signs of mental illness and how early recognition and prevention is key to positive outcomes.

Ending the Silence Presentations are FREE.  See the flyer here.
Call 515.850.1467 or email for more information or to schedule a presentation

Say It Out Loud - a downloadable, free discussion guide, videos and fact sheets for youth leaders who want to introduce the subject of mental illness to their youth groups.  To download the tools and get more information, click here.

It is raising awareness by sharing information and starting conversations about mental health and is key in reducing stigma and increasing the likelihood that teens will seek mental health care when they need it. NAMI created Say it Out Loud to get teens talking about mental health.  Say it Out Loud gives adults the tools they need to hold conversations about mental health with teens.

Momentum Art Studio - The Momentum Studio offers free art services for artists impacted by disability, brain injury or living with a mental health issue.  This includes free workshops, mentoring and open studio  hours where artists can come in and use our supplies.

Please contact Shannon Kaster, Momentum Program Coordinator, Community Support Advocates
6000 Aurora Avenue, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50322  Office:  515-883-1776 x 278  Cell:  515-581-4099

Suicide Prevention Resource Center has online trainings - go to

  • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
  • A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention
  • Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention
  • Choosing and Implementing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program



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