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The National Directory of
Family-Run & Youth-Guided Organizations
for Children’s Behavioral Health

NAMI-Linn County

Mailing Address:
P.O. Box 945
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406-0945

Phone: 319-221-1184 (resource and referral line)

Contact Person: Stacey Pawlak

Web Site: http://www.namiiowa.org

Population Served:
Mental Illness/Mental Health,Other

Population Other:
'adults, children, & adolescents who suffer from mental illness, as well as their family members and friends

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is a national network of more than 250,000 members with affiliate chapters in all 50 states. We volunteer our time to improve the lives of persons affected by serious mental illness such as bipolar depression, schizophrenia, and other depressive and anxiety disorders. Our goal is to enable each individual with a mental illness (children, adolescents, or adults) to live the best life possible, despite obstacles. Most of us have a relative or friend who has a mental illness, or we are living with one ourselves. We offer mutual support to one another. We educate ourselves and the public, promote better treatment and support services, and advocate for research into the causes and treatment of these illnesses.

We are the local (Linn County, Iowa) affiliate of a national non-profit organization.

Organization role:
• Provide family to family or youth to youth support on an individual family or youth level (e.g., peer-to-peer, family support partners, parent navigators)
• Sponsor/run support groups for families or youth
• Provide education to families or youth on issues of interest
• Provide training and mentoring of family members or youth (e.g., to assume leadership roles, act as provider)
• Provide training and presentations to system of care/child serving agencies or community
• Provide technical assistance (e.g., to other family or youth organizations, child serving agencies)
• Provide advocacy

Organization type:
• A local family-run chapter of a national or statewide organization

Region(s) served:
• Local

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