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  • Lifespan depicted from baby to older individual

    In April, the Iowa Chapter of the Iowa (PRA), Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs (OCA), and Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery (IAMHR) co-sponsored a one-day conference entitled Recovery Across the Lifespan. The goal of the conference was to bring together stakeholders in psychosocial rehabilitation where collaborations and partnerships could be built, the vision of recovery could be strengthened, knowledge and expertise in the field could be shared, and the realization that recovery for people of all ages is possible and could be promoted and understood as an integral component of mental health, recovery and wellness for everyone in Iowa. The event…

  • Pins on a calendar

    Save the Date!!! “Recovery across the Lifespan” Tuesday, April 19, 2016 9:30 am – 5:15 pm Plymouth Congregational Church, 4126 Ingersoll, Des Moines, IA Featuring: Veronica Carey, PhD., MHS, CPRP as Keynote Speaker LEARN MORE AND REGISTER Also, representatives from Iowa’s MCOs in a panel discussion on recovery and their organizations’ support of recovery More topics include: children, transitioning youth, veterans and older adults. Soldier/Doctor Jon Kerstetter, MD. as Afternoon Keynote Registration information coming soon!!!   Questions? Contact Cindy at or Annie at mag92510@gmail.omc   Sponsored by: • Iowa Chapter of the Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association • Iowa Advocates for Mental Health Recovery…

  • Feeling abandoned??

      So I ask you, how do you deal with your emotions?? No really, how?? Life can be frustrating some times, and well, we either deal with the emotion, or we stuff it and pretend it isn’t there… I guess it’s all in how you’ve been taught how to deal with your feelings… I guess it’s all about how you were brought up. For myself, I brought myself up. I had no real teachings about feelings, hell, my mother drank her feelings away. I guess that’s what I was taught, it was to drowned it in drinking and fighting with…

  • Introduction

      Hello, this is riley… I have recently been asked to help run the forum. I am a person with lived experience of a mental illness and I am a Certified Peer Support Specialist in the State of Iowa. I have a firm belief that people are put on this earth to learn from one another, and that if we open our eyes and believe in recovery, anything is possible. I have had many struggles in my life, some I am still trying to work through, and I do this on a daily basis. I have heard more than once…

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