Support Groups - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
Support Groups - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
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If you know of other support groups which could be listed – please e-mail director@mindspringhealth.org

We are always in need of family support group facilitators and peer support facilitators (for persons with mental illness) - please contact director@mindspringhealth.org to volunteer.

Suicide Prevention Life Line 1-800-273-TALK
Veterans Suicide Prevention Life Line 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Support Groups
 

Addiction recovery (all inclusive addiction) group in person and Facebook live every Thursday at 7pm. 
In person – at West Des Moines Open Bible 1100 Ashworth Road. An LGBTQ+ support group meeting will start in July. 
Our Facebook group page https://www.facebook.com/groups/306310047070015/ - Website - Sobersoldierz.com
Contact person:  Christina Gist - 515-778-2015 cjbscoffee17@icloud.com

 

For Foster parents, as per the Ask Resource Center
Foster Squad support group:   https://www.fostersquad.org
Support group locator provided by the “Iowa Foster and Adoptive Parents Association”:
http://www.ifapa.org/support/support_group_locator.asp

 

Mindspring Support Group for Families of Persons with mental illness
Eyerly Ball, 1301 Center, Des Moines, Iowa
 In person the third Sunday of the month from 2:30 to 4:00 pm. 
Contact: Susie & Richard McCauley at 515-274-5095 or mccauleyf@mchsi.com
Offering support for the family.

 

                                                                                     ADHD Support Group
                                         Please contact Lauren Goetze (local CHADD coordinator) ~ GoetzeLauren@gmail.co
                                                              – for dates of meetings, times, and zoom link information.

 

Support for Adults w/ Depression, Anxiety, Bipolar Disorder
Heartland Presbyterian Church - Candles in the Darkness
14300 Hickman Road, Clive, Iowa
Meetings: In person the second and fourth Monday of every month at 7:00 pm
Contact: Julie at 515-710-1487 or email:  candlesinthedarknesssg@gmail.com

 

Post Adoption Support Group
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person monthly the on the second Tuesday from 6 pm to 8 pm. 
Contact:  Michelle Johnson at 515-710-3047 or mijohnson@fouroaks.org
Note: childcare for all ages is provided – please RSVP

 

Family Support Group
First United Methodist Church , Christian Life Center, 710 NE 36th Street, Ankeny, Iowa

 In person on the first Monday of every month from 6:30 to 8 pm. 
Contact:  Michelle Johnson at 515-710-3047 or mijohnson@fouroaks.org
There are a variety of support groups available throughout the year to provide encouragement, support, and emotional and spiritual healing. Call for more information.  Note: childcare for all ages if is provided

 

Alcoholics Anonymous
Lutheran Church of Hope. 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person meetings are held Mondays at 12:00 pm; Saturdays at 9:00 am, and Sundays at 5:00 pm. (size is limited)
AA membership is open to all those who desire to do something about his or her drinking problem. The primary purpose of AA is to carry the message of recovery to the alcoholic seeking help. AA can serve as a source of personal experience and be an ongoing support system for recovering alcoholics.

 

Al-Anon and Alateen
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway,
West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person meetings are held Sundays at 5:00 to 6:00 pm. Group size is limited.
Al-Anon is a fellowship of relatives and friends of those struggling with alcohol who share experiences, strength and hope. Alateen participants may choose to attend online Al-Anon if they are not able to attend the in-person group on Sundays at 5:00 p.m.

 

Gamblers Support Group
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person meetings are held Sundays at 6:30 pm
This program is based on recovery for compulsive gamblers, debtors/spenders and anyone who seeks recovery from their addictions. Meetings emphasize a solution rather than the problem.

 

Parents of Addicted Loved Ones
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway,
 West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person meetings are held Mondays at 6:30 to 8 pm - Parents of Addicted Loved Ones is a support group of parents helping parents. They meet every week to offer education and support, at no cost, for parents who are dealing with a son or daughter battling addiction. PAL can also help spouses who have a partner with addiction issues. PAL is especially helpful for parents and spouses, but all other sober family members and friends (age 18 and older) are welcome at the meetings.

 

Dementia Support Group
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines, Iowa
Meetings: In person meetings are held the fourth Tuesday of the month from 6:30 to 8:00 pm
Being a caregiver to a loved one with dementia is hard, but having others to support you can help.

 

Grief Support Group
EveryStep Grief & Loss Services, 1821 Grand Ave., West Des Moines, Iowa
Contact: Des Moines at 515-333-5810 or
West Des Moines at 515-223-4847
Support groups are hosted at EveryStep locations in eight Iowa communities. EveryStep Grief & Loss Services' bereavement counselors are available to meet with families or visit by phone. Their support groups and services are available to anyone.
To learn what services are available in your area, call the EveryStep office near you

 

Suicide Support Group
Coping After Suicide, Polk County Crisis and Advocacy Services
525 SW 5th, Suite H , Des Moines, IA 50309
Meetings: In person the second Thursday of each month from 6:00 to 7:30 pm,
and the last Saturday of the month from 9 to 10:30 pm.
Contact Person: Kate Gilmore at 515-286-2029 or kgilmor@co.polk.ia.us
Note: no fee

 

Mondays, Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays - 2-5 PM 
The Phoenix House, a community drop-in center at 208 West Ashland in Indianola

 

http://ok2talk.org/ - Say anything. It’s time we talked about mental health. Need to talk? 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

 

Support Groups for Family Members
 
(not meeting during the pandemic)

Ankeny1st Tuesday of each month – Family members
if you are interested in participating in a MindSpring family support group, please contact Fred Spath (515) 988-0889  fspath@namigdm.org Group meets at  Ankeny First United Methodist Church, 206 SW Walnut, Ankeny, RM 310/314 - 7-8:30 PM

2nd Thursday of each month – 6:30 P.M. – a support group for Family members
Lutheran Church of Hope, 925 Jordan Creek Parkway, West Des Moines–in Room 102. Supper (free will offering) is available at 5:30 prior to the support group.  Grace and Russ are facilitators - 515-205-9765.

This is your invitation to join the Online Support Group for Parents of minor children with mental health needs: It is a Closed FaceBook Group: Contact Tammy Nyden to join the group 641-990-9974

Friends of Iowa Prisoners has a meeting at Noon on the 3rd Tuesday of the month at Wesley United Methodist Church, 800 12th St., Des Moines.

1st and 3rd Tuesdays of each month –Voices to be Heard Support group – Wesley United Methodist Church –800 E. 12th - - Light meal at 5:30 P.M.  Support group for adults and program for children from 6 PM to 7PM.  –If you have a loved one in prison or parole system you are concerned about or if you are concerned about those in prison, please feel free to join us.  If you have questions, please contact Melissa Nelson at melissag@chihousing.com

1st and 3rd Thursdays of each month - 6:30 to 8 PM - Support groups for Families of Veterans - "Peaceful Homefront" - 2 types of support groups offered - for adults and for children ages 9-12.  Location is at the Dallas Co. Hospital in Perry.  For more information, contact Genesis - 515-465-7541 or toll free 877-465-7541 

 

 

             SUPPORT GROUPS for Persons in Recovery - not meeting during the pandemic

2nd and 4th Tuesday afternoons 2-3:30 P.M. – a support group for persons with mental illness – facilitated by persons with mental illness – at the MindSpring office - 511 E. 6th St., Suite B.  For more information, contact 

Every Tuesday evening – 8-10 P.M. - Recovery Inc., a self-help group for people who have nervous and mental troubles – at St. Mark’s Episcopal Church, 3120 E. 24th St., Des Moines – Call 266-2346 – Marty Hulsebus.

Tuesday evenings 5:30-7:00 Dual Diagnosis support group at Eyerly Ball Mental Health Services – call 243-5181 for more info.

Tuesday evenings 7:30 PM - 4211 Grand – Friends House – in the Meeting House – Meditation and Mindfulness Group – sponsored by Crossroads of Iowa  

Every Thursday evening 6:30-7:30 PM – 4211 Grand – Friends House – in the Conference Room – H30 - a support group with a focus on opiate, heroin and prescription pill addiction for Women – sponsored by Crossroads of Iowa  633-7968 – please pre-register

Every Thursday evening – 7:45 – 9:45 P.M.Recovery, Inc. - a self-help group for people who have nervous and mental troubles – at St. Timothy’s Episcopal Church, 1020 24th St., in West Des Moines. Call – 277-6071-Deb Rogers.

Every Saturday afternoon – 2:00 – 3:30 P.M. – the Depression and Bipolar Support Alliance meets at Iowa Lutheran Hospital – University at Penn Avenue – Level B – private dining room.  Contact Debbie at wally3610@yahoo.com

For persons suffering from postpartum depression – a support group entitled “Amazing Girls Accepting Peace Everyday (AGAPE)”.  Information can be found at Meetup.com – enter AGAPE.  You need to request to be a part of the group – contact Tricia at jrivas76@hotmail.com

An Epilepsy Support group is held the 4th Thursday of every month at 6 PM at Mercy Medical Center, East Tower, Room 3,
1111 6th Avenue, Des Moines.  For more information, contact Roxanne Cogil 515-238-7660 or efiowa@efncil.org

TACA (Talk About Curing Autism) Chapter - a national non-profit organization whose mission is to educate, empower and support families affected by autism.  Please contact Susan susan.straka@tacanow.org for more information on meetings, or go to Facebook at www.facebook.com/tacaiowa.  The website is www. tacanow.org

 

                                           Support Groups for Mothers Pre-Partum or Post-Partum

Free Pregnancy and Postpartum Depression and Anxiety Support Group
Starting 10-4-2019:  Every Friday, 3:30 to 4:30 pm
Broadlawns Medical Plaza, Second Floor, 1761 Hickman Road, Des Moines, IA 50314
Registration:  Visit www.broadlawns.org/postpartum-depression-and-anxiety-support-group.cfm or email cyoung@broadlawns.org
Registration is preferred but not required.

 

IOWA STATE COORDINATOR for Postpartum Support - International - Karin Beschen, LMHC, Polk County Telephone: 515-222-1999 Email: kb@iowacounseling.com

Heartland Christian Counseling Des Moines Clinic Postpartum Adjustment Group – 6-7 pm every Tuesday – DM Support group facilitator:  Jill Thomas, licensed therapist and certified in treating perinatal mood disorders.  Phone for registration or questions, call 515-331-0303 – Babies in arms are welcome to come!

Postpartum Support Group – Bellies, Babies and Beyond - This group is held on the third Friday of the month 10 to 11:30
am at Balance Chiropractic & Wellness at 6611 University Ave., Suite 103, Windsor Heights, Iowa.  Every month we invite you to come to this safe place with questions, concerns or just to meet other moms just like you.

For persons suffering from postpartum depression – a support group entitled “Amazing Girls Accepting Peace Everyday (AGAPE)”. Information can be found at Meetup.com – enter AGAPE. You need to request to be a part of the group – contact Tricia at jrivas76@hotmail.com

 


Coping After a Suicide Support Groups 

In addition to the groups at the above location, other help may be available depending on your community and may include: Compassionate Friends (13 groups in Iowa);  Funeral Homes; Faith Organizations; Employee Assistance Programs; Guidance Counselors; Hospice; 


Know Science.  No Stigma.
Know the biological underpinnings of mental illness to debunk myths suggesting brain and behavior disorders are not bona fide illnesses. These myths—and the stigma they create—often keep people from getting the help they need to lead full, productive and happy lives.

Warning: Regular or heavy alcohol use can worsen most psychological states, such as anxiety, depression, bipolar, schizophrenia, or eating problems. Alcohol can change the way a person feels in the short run; however, the overall effect only worsens a disorder. Marijuana and other drugs can have similar or more serious effects on the brain. Did You Know? More than 90% of people who kill themselves are suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders. 50 to 75% of all suicides give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. Imminent signs must be taken seriously.

Did You Know?
More than 90% of people who kill themselves are suffering from one or more psychiatric disorders. 50 to 75% of all suicides give some warning of their intentions to a friend or family member. Imminent signs must be taken seriously.

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