School Resources - NAMI - Greater Des Moines
School Resources - NAMI - Greater Des Moines

School Resources

West Union, Iowa - where students, school staff and parents work together to bring awareness about mental health

Click here - to view the first mental health video created by North Fayette high school students. Published on May 4, 2015.
"Our High School composed a team of individuals to help bring awareness to the ever growing problem of mental health. We want you to know that you are not alone."

Click here to view the second video by North Fayette high school students.

Click here to view more videos on their Facebook page.

Starting the Conversation:  College and Your Mental Health  (Aug. 2016) - developed with the JED Foundation

How Schools Can Help Students Respond to Suicide
"13 Reasons Why" shows all the wrong ways a school can respond to suicide. Read how schools should support students after a suicide loss.  Read More »

Lincoln High School in Walla Walla, WA, tries new approach to school discipline — suspensions drop 85%

Guide to College Planning for Psychiatrically Disabled Students 

Guide to College Planning for Students with Disabilities 

Please note:   Foster families can receive CEU's for attending NAMI Basics or NAMI Family to Family

Research Supports the Impact NAMI "Ending the Silence" Has on Students
NAMI has concluded a three-year study on the impact of NAMI Ending the Silence. Results show that the presentation is effective in changing high school and middle school students’ attitudes toward mental health conditions. An article detailing the findings was recently published in “Stigma and Health.”
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Crisis help and Suicide Prevention Information

  • IDPH Launches Bullying, Suicide Hotline - Available 24/7, Your Life Iowa is a phone call or text away here  or 855-581-8111.  Trained counselors will provide guidance and support about bullying, and critical help to youth
  • Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 1-800-273-8255 - If you are thinking of hurting yourself, tell someone who can help. If you cannot talk to your parents, your spouse, a sibling - find someone else: another relative, a friend, or someone at a health clinic. Or, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK (8255) - click here
  • Best Colleges "Suicide Prevention Guide"
  • CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) for Youth training – click here 
  • SOS Signs of Suicide prevention program – click here
  • Sources of Strength Suicide Prevention program

ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences) and Trauma information

  • Trauma Sensitive Schools Learning Modules (Wisconsin) - click here
  • ​ACES (Adverse Childhood Experiences Study) - click here
    This site includes on-line learning modules, ACES projects in Iowa, a brochure, research brief, and much more.
  • ACES Resiliency Toolkits here
  • Connections Matter - a curriculum on trauma here
  • Connections Matter - white papers summarize how toxic stress impacts the health care, education and early care and education sectors. They also provide steps professionals can take to develop trauma-informed responses here

FROM GED to PhD.  The Center for Reintegration is launching the 2015 Baer Reintegration scholarships, open to all persons with a diagnosis of schizophrenia or Bipolar Disorder. The scholarships range from GED to PhD. If you know of anyone who meets the criteria and could benefit from these scholarships, we invite them to go to learn more and download an application. Sidney R. Baer Jr. was an entrepreneur who had his first break while attending Yale and was not able to complete his education. Upon his death, he left a vast fortune to the Sidney R.Baer Jr. Foundation which funds mental health projects exclusively

The American Association on Health and Disability ( is accepting applications for the Frederick J. Krause Scholarship for undergraduate (sophomore standing and above) and graduate students with disabilities who are majoring in a field related to disability and health.

Career Guidebook for Disabled Students 

On-line college degree programs - click here

On-line degree college scholarships in Iowa - click here


Parents, Teachers, School Staff

Children's Mental Health - Medicaid Assistance

If your child is on the Children's Mental Health Wait list and your child is not covered by Medicaid Title 19, there is another coverage they may qualify for: Medicaid for kids with special needs. To qualify, your family income must be no more that 300% of the poverty level (for Title 19 eligibility requires no more that 195%.) So those that do not quality to Title 19 might qualify to Medicaid for Special Needs: click here






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