Scheduled Education classes and Trainings - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
Scheduled Education classes and Trainings - MindSpring Mental Health Alliance (formerly NAMI Greater Des Moines)
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Scheduled Education classes and Trainings

The Current Monthly MindSpring 2021 Course Guide of educational classes is posted at:  Newsletters - NAMI - Greater Des Moines (

Mental Health First Aid class (8 hours) -Just as CPR helps you assist someone having a heart attack, Mental Health First Aid helps you to assist someone experiencing a mental health related crisis.  Participants learn risk factors and warning signs for mental health and addiction concerns, strategies for how to help someone in crisis, and when to turn for help.   
Schedule with Teresa Bomhoff or call 515-274-6876 - Per person cost is $30.

Classes are not being held during the pandemic.

Hearing Voices That Are Distressing -During this simulated experience of hearing voices, participants undertake a series of tasks including a psychiatric interview, cognitive tasks and group activities in a mock day treatment program.  The simulation experience is followed by a debriefing and discussion period.   
Call 515.850.1467 or email for more information or to schedule a presentation.  

Hearing Voices presentations are FREEClasses are not being held during the pandemic.

Momentum Art Studio - The Momentum Studio offers free art services for artists impacted by disability, brain injury or living with a mental health issue.  This includes free workshops, mentoring and open studio  hours where artists can come in and use our supplies.

Please contact Shannon Kaster, Momentum Program Coordinator, Community Support Advocates
6000 Aurora Avenue, Suite B, Des Moines, IA 50322  Office:  515-883-1776 x 278  Cell:  515-581-4099

Suicide Prevention Resource Center has online trainings - go to

  • Counseling on Access to Lethal Means
  • A Strategic Planning Approach to Suicide Prevention
  • Locating and Understanding Data for Suicide Prevention
  • Choosing and Implementing a Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Training Program

An online course called "Mental Wellness Basics," and it's targeted at kids between 8th and 10th grade, teaching them how to build and maintain positive mental health in themselves and their friends and classmates. It is being offered to public and private schools in Iowa and Illinois for free.  For more information on the program, visit

NAMI Online Course Helps People Who May Have PTSD - click here

NAMI has a short course about post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). PTSD can happen to anyone, and it affects 3.5% (7.7 million) of the adult population in the United States.

The online course was created for service members and veterans, but is also helpful for anyone who has experienced a traumatic life event. This program provides a safe, confidential way for you to explore whether you’d like to talk to a professional.

“This course is not meant to give you a diagnosis, but to provide you with a safe way to explore your treatment options,” says a person from the program. “Use it as a way to think about your experiences, compare them to the experiences of others, and figure out if you'd like to learn more. This information will also give you an idea of the treatments available, in case you decide you'd like to talk with a professional as your next step.”

NAMI Online Course  - Homefront 

Register here        Email:       Phone: 703-524-7600 

NAMI Homefront is a free, six-session class for family, friends and significant others of Military Service Members and Veterans. The class helps families comprehend what the Military Service Member/ Veteran is experiencing related to trauma, combat stress, civilian life, PTSD and other mental health conditions. Topics covered include mental health, communication, handling crises, treatment and recovery.

Online classes meet weekly in a virtual classroom, so participants experience the same level of interaction and learning as traditional in-person classes. You must have access to a laptop, PC or tablet with a stable internet connection to participate. Audio will be via telephone line, a headset is recommended.

NAMI Online Course - Basics for parents/caregivers of children and adolescents with SED. It is available online 24/7.
NAMI Basics is a free, 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (age 22 or younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms.  Register for NAMI Basics OnDemand 



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