PLEASE NOTE THAT ALL FACE-TO-FACE GROUPS ARE SUSPENDED UNTIL FURTHER NOTICE DUE TO COVID-19
However, NAMI Iowa is rolling out three virtual support groups that are open to anyone and free to join. They are offering two Connections groups — one in the afternoon and one in the evening. The Connections support group is for individuals living with a mental illness or personally experiencing mental health challenges. They are also offering a Family Support Group. This is for those who are supporting a loved one with a mental illness. Each of these three groups will meet weekly and be led by a trained facilitator.
To receive the Zoom information for the support group, please sign up using this form. Your information will not be shared with anyone outside of NAMI Iowa.
You may have heard in recent news articles about concerns regarding the security of the Zoom platform for meetings. Please be assured that this is something NAMI Iowa takes very seriously. We NEVER record our meetings which would make us vulnerable to viewing on the cloud.
Connection, Daytime (1 pm Tuesdays)
Connection, Evening (7 pm Wednesday)
Family Support Group, Evening (5 PM Monday)
WHEN WE CAN MEET IN-PERSON AGAIN:
These groups are free, confidential, and open to the public. No registration is required. Membership in NAMI Linn County is not required but is encouraged. NAMI Support Groups are unique because they follow a structured model to enable you and others in the group to have an opportunity to be heard and to get what you need. The groups meet on a bi-weekly, weekly, or monthly basis. Please contact the facilitator listed with each entry below for more details, or call the NAMI Linn County resource line at 319-221-1184.
We are always looking for individuals interested in facilitating new support groups! Please contact the NAMI Linn County resource line for more details.
FAMILY SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Family Support Group is a weekly or monthly support group for family members, partners, and friends of individuals living with a mental illness.WHEN: 1st & 3rd Thursday of each month TIME: 6 to 7 pm WHERE: First Lutheran Church – 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA – 3rd Floor CONTACT: NAMI Resource Line at 319-221-1184 HOSTED BY: 1st Thursday of the month: Kurt Rogahn at Kurt.Rogahn@hotmail.com 3rd Thursday of the month: Brad Neff at email@example.com
NAMI CONNECTION SUPPORT GROUP
NAMI Connection Recovery Support Group is a free, peer-led support group for adults living with mental illness. You will gain insight from hearing the challenges and successes of others, and the groups are led by NAMI-trained facilitators who’ve been there.WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month TIME: 6 to 7:30 pm WHERE: First Lutheran Church – 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA – 3rd Floor CONTACT: John at firstname.lastname@example.org
NAMI Principles of Support
We will see the individual first, not the illness.
We recognize mental illnesses are brain disorders.
We aim for better coping skills.
We find strength in sharing experiences.
We reject stigma in ourselves and others.
We won’t judge anyone’s pain as less than our own.
We forgive ourselves and reject guilt.
We embrace humor as healthy.
We accept we cannot resolve all problems.
We expect a better future in a realistic way.
We will never give up hope!