Mental Health Basics

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NAMI Greater Des Moines

511 East 6th Street Suite B

Des Moines, IA 50309

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Understand what mental illness is and isn't, and how family members are impacted.

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One-hour Mental Health Basics workshop includes information on:

  • Types of mental illness
  • Prevalence
  • Causation
  • Myths vs. Facts
  • Communication Do's & Don'ts
  • Self-Care
  • Stigma

About the instructor: Gary Rasmussen earned a master’s degree in Psychology from Walden University and is currently a doctoral candidate to earn his Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology.

Gary worked in law enforcement for 18 years, serving as a Drug Task Force member, K-9 officer, Special Response Team (SRT) member and Chief of Police.

In 2006, Gary changed career paths and began working in community mental health services. He has lead community and residential service programs, a drop-in recovery center, and Community Integration program. Gary served on the Mobile Crisis Response Team, Crisis Incident Stress Management team, and designed and implemented the Therapeutic Alternatives to Incarceration program in Story County, Iowa.

Gary served on NAMI Greater Des Moines’ Board of Directors for four years and joined the organization’s staff in 2018.

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