511 E 6th St, Des Moines, IA 50309
By Appointment
(515) 277-0672


We believe that uncertainty always comes before growth, that change is just another word for opportunity, and that the antidote to fear is inspiration.

We believe in the indomitable spirit of a community united.

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A Letter From the Organizers x

“We Are Here. With You.” is a bridge that has been carefully and collaboratively constructed to span the distance between today and tomorrow. It’s a platform of resources designed to provide inspiration in the midst of uncertainty and practical tools to help you navigate new situations. Our hope is that this bridge will make you laugh and smile, fill you with hope and knowledge, and give you the confidence and support to conquer the days ahead.

As the architects of the bridge, we have to admit that as we begin construction, we’re more than a little uncertain of the length of the bridge and even the destination we’re seeking. Even so, we believe in the power of the tools. In the years we’ve spent supporting the mental health of our community, we’ve learned that historic achievement is simply the aggregation of many small steps. So we invite you to join us, as we tip-toe, step and stride into our shared future.

The Speakers Series x

For eight weeks last spring, we brought you an inspirational speaker series, curated and collected by our friends at Midwest Speakers Bureau. We promised you a new perspective and a little inspiration to carry you through each week, and from the feedback of the thousands of participants, we delivered! Now we are making the series to you available on your schedule. To view any of the lectures, simply click a link below, and then sit back and be ready to be transformed.

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman

Lt. Col. Waldo Waldman is a decorated fighter pilot and best-selling author who will speak on the topic of crisis management.

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Kenyon Salo

Kenyon Salo is one of the top keynote speakers and trainers in the fields of motivation, inspiration, and adventure. One of only five members on the Denver Broncos Thunderstorm Skydive Team, he is seen each week flying into the Denver Broncos Stadium at 60+mph, ending with a soft tip-toe landing on the ten yard line.

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Michael Veltri

A master on handling change in turbulent times, Michael Veltri is a cancer-survivor, decorated Marine Corps veteran, and master-instructor in Aikido. He is also a battle-hardened entrepreneur and nationwide bestselling author.

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Paul Long

Paul is the author of Fundamism: Connecting to Life Through F.U.N. (an acronym used to drive individual and organizational improvement) which guides you on how to live your whole life—at work and at home—with FUN, joy, and fulfillment as the driving force.

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Holly Hoffman

The last woman standing on Season 21 of CBS’ hit reality show “Survivor: Nicaragua”, Holly shares her tips on overcoming seemingly insurmountable challenges.

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Kevin Kush

Coach Kush was the head coach at Boys Town High School for 21 years, working with troubled and at-risk youth. In his 21 year career, Kevin compiled a remarkable record of 164 wins and just 55 defeats.

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A former executive of a billion-dollar global consumer products company and awarded the Vistage UK, International Speaker of the Year, (World’s Leading CEO Membership Organization) AmyK is a catalyst for producing sustainable solutions to a leader’s most pressing challenges. More than 50,000 executives in 10+ countries have benefited from her keen insight and intuitive understanding of the issues leaders face.

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Dr. Celina Peerman

Dr. Celina Peerman serves as an organizational behavior specialist with over 25 years of experience from frontline to senior-level positions, in a wide range of industries and organizations. She is passionate about engaging our human resources in new ways in order to achieve even better organizational results.

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Support our Programs x

All of the programs being offered by NAMI of Greater Des Moines are being provided without cost to our community. However, as a 501(c)3 non-profit organization, we exist based on the generosity of our supporters. If you have enjoyed our programming and have the means available, we invite you to consider supporting NAMI of Greater Des Moines with a tax-deductible contribution.

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Give the Gift of Time and Talent x

If you have been inspired by our programs and would like to get more involved with NAMI of Greater Des Moines, we also have opportunities for individuals who would like to donate their time and talent. We currently have a seat on our Board of Directors opening up, as well as opportunities to serve on two of our event sub-committees. If you would like to learn more about these opportunities, please click the link below to email our Executive Director.


Live Workshops x

Delivering comprehensive outreach and live education programming is the heart of our mission. Our goal is to ensure that mental health services and supports are readily accessible to everyone in need. In response to the coronavirus pandemic, we’ve developed a series of educational courses created specifically for the issues facing our community. We’ve transformed the way these programs are delivered by launching new virtual sessions to improve accessibility and maximize community impact.

NAMI Greater Des Moines is committed to providing these programs to community members at no cost.

Grants and charitable donations support the costs of these courses. United Way of Central Iowa, Polk County, Prairie Meadows, Optimae LifeServices, Broadlawns Medical Center, the Mid-Iowa Health Foundation & Community Foundation of Greater Des Moines, along with contributions from individual and family donors.

Together we are building a future of recovery, respect and opportunity for our community. We couldn’t do it without you.

Workshop Topics

Understanding Anxiety

Occasional anxiety is an expected part of life. But anxiety disorders involve more than temporary worry. An accessible guide to understanding causation, symptoms, co-occurring disorders and treatment options. Includes practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others.

Problem Solving

Confronting problems can be challenging. Heightened emotionality, irrational thinking, impaired judgment, impulsivity, and distorted perceptions interfere with our ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently. Learn strategies for effective problem solving and conflict management in this one hour session.

Managing Stress

The term ‘stress’ is used loosely in our culture. What does it really mean and how vulnerable are you? Understand the biology of stress and identify realistic and effective ways to manage it.

Creating a Low Stress Environment

Knowing how to identify and respond to signs that a mental health condition is emerging is critical to improving outcomes for everyone involved. Learn strategies to define clear expectations and maintain a calm atmosphere.

Self-Care and the Impact of Mental Illness

The complicated nature of mental illnesses can make living or working with a person experiencing a mental illness especially taxing. These relationships can also have a negative impact on your own mental health. Learn strategies to respond to problem behaviors, set boundaries, and manage your own stress.

Communication Do's and Don'ts

Understanding how mental illness impacts thinking and behavior helps us to reduce frustration and stress, and improves outcomes for everyone. Learn simple tools to manage conflict and express feelings constructively.

Workshop Registration

All community members are invited to join regularly scheduled weekly community workshops. Employers or small groups are also invited to request a private workshop for your team at a time that fits your schedule.

Resources for Working From Home x

In a time of ‘social distancing,’ you’re working from home. These are uncertain times and as such, it lacks the kind of blueprint necessary to navigate these uncharted waters with any confidence. And exacerbating these already choppy waters? The fact that your children – some or all of whom would otherwise be in school – are now home, too.

With you. Near you. Maybe too near you. Wandering aimlessly as they, too, try to make sense of it all. Our friends at BELAY are hoping to help us all make sense of it because thankfully, they are an industry leader in managing virtual workforces. Their leaders have been working from home since before it was cool, and have tons of tips and tricks about how to keep business as usual – even in unusual circumstances.

How To Work From Home

A tactical checklist on how you can launch a remote workforce in one week – whether temporarily or indefinitely – to ensure the health and safety of your most invaluable asset: your workforce.


7 Tips for Virtual Team Building

Virtual team building is the process of developing culture and relationships within the digital space. As a virtual team you don’t have the opportunity to chat around the coffee pot or copier. Yet, with some creative thinking, you can leverage today’s technology to build real relationships online.


Working From Home With Kids

A platform of tips and tools to get you productive, while also managing the little people at your feet. We’ve included links to professional and educational tools.


How To Lead Remotely

For virtual teams to be successful – one crucial factor is non-negotiable: Virtual employees need to have great working relationships with their team. Here are eight ways leadership can successfully adapt to the virtual workforce model.


13 Ways to Build a High Performing Remote Team

When working remotely, managers have to adapt and modify the way they lead and delegate to their teams. Here are 13 tips that will help you crank the productivity and happiness of your remote team to 11.


How to Monitor Remote Teams

If you’re managing a remote team, how can you really be sure everyone is on task, staying productive, and collaborating appropriately? Here are 6 easy steps to get you started.


A Very Special Thank You to Our Sponsors x

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