NAMIWalks: the most meaningful event ever


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NAMI Iowa advocates at the county, state, and national levels for equitable access to quality healthcare, housing, education, and employment for people who experience mental health conditions. They educate the public, advocate for a comprehensive mental health system that provides effective and timely services for those struggling with mental health, and support those with mental illness and their family members.

Mission Statement

NAMI Iowa serves as a catalyst around advocacy, education, support, and public awareness so that all Iowans affected by mental illness can lead better lives.

How to Help

NAMI Iowa works with volunteers who present NAMI programming and educational presentations in schools, workplaces, and community organizations. More information on volunteer opportunities can be found here.

NAMI Iowa is also seeking volunteers to help during their upcoming signature NAMIWalks Iowa event in September. Volunteer duties include event set-up and operations before and during at Terra Park in Johnston. If you are interesting in helping, contact NAMI Iowa events manager, Amanda Huppert at [email protected] for more information.

Upcoming Fundraising Event

NAMIWalks 2022 is a family-friendly event to raise awareness about mental health access. It is a fun and uplifting way to show your support for mental health. Families, children, and dogs welcome! Details at here.

By joining us for NAMIWalks, you are standing with thousands of Iowans who believe in mental health for all. We are relentlessly committed to ending the stigma around mental health and ensuring every Iowan has access to the quality mental healthcare they deserve. – Amanda Huppert, NAMI Iowa Events Manager

When: Saturday, September, 24 | 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Where: Terra Lake Park, Johnston
Registration: There is no fee to register for NAMIWalks Your Way events. Every individual who personally raises $100 will be recognized on walk day with our event T-shirt. Register here.

View the event information on Facebook and follow the hashtag #Together4MH.

You won’t want to miss it — a vibrant gathering where inspiration can shine on all of us.

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Stacie is an Iowa native, living in Urbandale with her tall, dark, and handsome husband, Kyle (May 2014). They share their home with the lights of their life, their son, Calvin (August 2015), and daughter Sylvia (April 2019). They have a dog, Heidi, a cat, Frankie, and a Beta fish, JoJo. By day, Stacie is the Director of Development for Animal Lifeline of Iowa. By night, she’s a kid-chaser, Pinterest-recipe chef, Instant-Pot meal creator, thrift-shop find make-over artist, DIY project amateur who enjoys reading, hanging out with her family...along with an occasional girls’ night out.


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