NAMI Southwest Iowa serves Fremont Page Mills Montgomery Pottawattamie Cass Shelby Harrison and Monona Counties 

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Southwest Region for National Alliance

for Mental Illness

NAMI Southwest Iowa is an affiliate on NAMI Iowa and NAMI National.  The National Alliance on Mental Illness is the Nation's largest grassroots movement with affiliates in all 50 states.  


NAMI Southwest Iowa is committed to providing free educational classes, support groups and presentations all centered around mental illness.  We fight to end the stigma associated with mental illness and seeking help, we do this by promoting Make It Ok and proudly standing as Stigma Free.


NAMI Southwest Iowa meets in person on a quarterly basis typically in the Council Bluffs area, please check our calendar for details.  Our working committees meet monthly, if you are interested in joining a committee or volunteering with NAMI please click on the "Contact Us" page.  We would love to hear from you!

Thinking about a support group? 

NAMI Southwest Iowa is proud to announce it will be hosting Connections Support Groups. This support group is co-lead, 90 minutes on a weekly, biweekly or monthly basis depending on the needs of the community. Connections is peer-based and provides insight into experiences, an opportunity to share in a confidential and safe environment. Check out the details below.

NAMI SWIA Connections Support Groups in Your Area

    • NAMI Southwest Iowa is now offering virtual support groups.  We are offering two sessions of Connections (peer to peer support group) each week and signing up is simple and free.  Be sure to register ahead of time to get the virtual invite via Go To Meeting and please reach out to me with any questions.  

      Thursdays 6:30-8:00 PM  https://forms.gle/MDxaxmMLmic9jN5RA

      Sundays 2:00-3:30 PM  https://forms.gle/ipsVS5MyGZ61WwzW7


When:​ In-person postponed until further notice

  • Where:​ Shenandoah, IA @ Emmanuel Lutheran 406 E Pioneer
  • Who:​ anyone living with mental illness seeking a support group
  • What should I expect?​ The groups are 90-minute structured sessions
  • What does it cost? ​This support group is free and everything we offer is always free.
  • Where can I find out more about Connections?​ Check out NAMI.ORG, NAMISOUTHWESTIOWA.COM or search “NAMI Connections” on YouTube.
  • Where do I sign up? Just show up when you can and come as you are. ​You can contact the director, Alex Burton, at [email protected] or by calling (712) 542 7904. 



What is Family to Family and how do I sign up?

New in-person Family to Family classes are postponed until further notice.

  • Family to Family is an educational class meant for the support network that surrounds the person with mental illness.
  • The content is meant to: teach about mental illnesses, communicate more effectively, empathize with the person, differentiate between symptom and behavior, and lastly, to become an advocate for that person.
  • Is this like a support group? No, this is meant to be an educational class, however many do find value in connecting with people in a similar situation.
  • Who can attend? Anyone with a family member/close friend that has a mental illness (diagnosed or not!) and is willing to commit to attending as many of the nine (9) classes as possible.
  • What does it cost? Nothing, everything we do is always free.
  • How do I sign up? Email Alex the director at [email protected] or calling (712) 542 7904. The class covers a lot of content. Because of this, we do not allow new attendees to join after the 3rd class. 

NAMI Southwest Iowa Board Members

          • President - Bernie Wagoner
          • Vice President - Open 
          • Treasurer - Anna Killpack
          • Secretary - Open
          • Lindsay Kinney
          • Jan Lunde
  • Kendra Wilson
  • Amanda Owens
  • Karen Williams
  • Diana Hoogestraat
  • Jessica Coburn 

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