NAMI (National Alliance on Mental Illness) Central Iowa supports, educates and advocates for individuals living with mental illness and their family members at no charge to the participants. This non-profit 501(c)3 organization has expanded to serve Ames, ISU students, and residents throughout 14 central Iowa counties through their educational classes, support groups, public presentations and the mental health wellness center in Ames.

NAMI Central Iowa staff and dedicated volunteers provide the following complimentary services: Support groups for those living with mental illness are offered three times per week; Support groups for family members are offered three times per month; Public presentations at schools, churches, businesses and civic organizations; Individual support; Emergency financial loan assistance and so much more. Three different educational classes specifically designed for family members and individuals living with mental illness are regularly offered. There are no eligibility requirements, other than being impacted by mental illness in some way.

Every program, every support group, every presentation and every class is led by individuals with lived experience with mental illness. Each person knows what it is like to live with mental illness and/or support someone living with mental illness. Because of this organizational structure, those seeking NAMI Central Iowa assistance find they are not alone, find empathy and find hope.

Funding for NAMI Central Iowa is self-generated by direct donations to our office headquarters in Ames, IA. Generous donors, contracts and grants help NAMI Central Iowa to continue to provide free services. NAMI Central Iowa does not receive direct funding from the state or national NAMI. To make a donation please go directly to the affiliate website or direct your donation to 424 5th Street, Ames, IA 50010. An educational endowment has also been established through the Story County Community Foundation.

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