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May is Mental Health Awareness Month

NAMI NW IA Offers Opportunities for Relief

By Staff | May 6, 2021

We have all experienced life’s blessings and challenges, being thankful for the good and asking for extra doses of faith, perseverance, and peace as we navigate the rougher spots. No one knows more about those “rougher spots” than individuals who live with mental health conditions. Since May is Mental Health Awareness month, National Alliance On Mental Illness (NAMI) NW IA wants to shine its light of care and concern in the direction of adults and children in our communities who have lived this experience. Initiating compassionate outreach to affected community members is our goal as we work together to reduce stigma and promote acceptance when coping with the darkness of mental health conditions.

NAMI NW IA wants to combat the negativity, the anxiety, the shame, the guilt, the depression, and the unworthiness mental health conditions can spark in our lives. Anyone can have such thoughts and feelings at any given time. It’s only when it affects our functioning (can’t work, go to school, maintain daily tasks etc.) that we may need to seek support and treatment to deliver us from our pain, unhealthy thoughts, and destructive behavior.

Could it be mood swings, fear, anger, lack of motivation, low energy, disturbances in appetite or sleep, strained relationships due to a variety of stressors, increased substance use, or risks for self-harm you or a loved one struggles with? There are many opportunities to seek relief. If crises happen where we need immediate help, the local lines at 844-345-4569 or Your Life Iowa at 855-581-8111 are available. These caring and confidential resources can help us 24/7 (not just in emergencies) to access help with our circumstances. When we feel out of control, helpless, and hopeless, these contacts can promote a healthier perspective and connect us with those who may make a difference in our current situation.

NAMI NW IA can impact our family relationships if we dare to share what may be bothering us. Family to Family classes are being offered regularly in our ten-county affiliate (Buena Vista, Cherokee, Clay, Dickinson, Emmet, Lyon, O’Brien, Osceola, Palo Alto, and Sioux Counties) to work with family members of loved ones affected by mental health conditions. Our next class this year will be in Spencer starting Monday, June 21.

If you are interested in learning more about the opportunities NAMI NW IA offers or the potential to be a part in developing additional local outreach options, please contact us at 712-359-4985 or namiofnwia@gmail.com for more information. We hope you will join us to build a strong network that actively makes a difference for our people and their families living with mental health conditions.

Kimberly Wilson-Chair