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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.  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.


WHEN: 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


WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month
TIME: 6 to 7 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church - 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA - 3rd Floor
CONTACT: John at


WHEN: 3rd Thursday of each month
TIME: 6 to 7 pm
WHERE: First Lutheran Church - 1000 3rd Avenue SE, Cedar Rapids, IA
CONTACT: NAMI Resource Line at 319-221-1184
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION ABOUT THIS GROUP: This group is for parents, foster parents, and other caregivers of children and teens (18 and under) with mental health issues.  This includes:  disruptive behavior disorder, Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (AD/HD), anxiety, Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD), Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD), Bipolar Disorder, Schizophrenia, eating disorders, and more.  Caregivers can share their struggles and triumphs in a safe, confidential space with other caregivers who understand.  They may also share resources, listen to others, and be heard. The group is facilitated by a parent of a child with mental health issues, with guidance from a local children’s therapist and the Board of NAMI Linn County. Everyone is welcome.  There is no cost to attend.

Meeting Structure:

5:30-5:45:  Introductions.  No one is asked to share who does not want to.

5:45-6:30:  Topic introduced and discussed.  Topics include:  caring for yourself; dealing with stigma; making a crisis plan; working with the schools; finding resources for your family; learning about specific mental health diagnoses; and more.

6:30-7:00:  Problem solving.  The group will choose at least one problem and brainstorm ideas.



The NAMI Connection group serves to provide a safe medium to learn about and share experiences, coping strategies, hope, encouragement and understanding with regards to the facets of mental illness.  Anyone who is recovering from or thinks they may have mental illness (regardless of diagnosis) is welcome.

First meeting:

Tuesday April 17, 2012
6:30-8:00 p.m.
NAMI Johnson County Office (220 South Layfayette, Iowa City)
For more information please contact: NAMI Johnson County office at 319-337-5400 or e-mail 

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!

-S CO l,h : F
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