Managing Stress & Burnout for Professionals | Tues 4/6 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Stress is something we all experience in our personal and professional lives.  Learn how to manage distress to avoid career burnout and discover effective ways to cope in this one-hour session with a licensed therapist.
Click to Register Do’s & Don’ts | Thurs 4/8 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Understanding how mental illness impacts thinking and behavior helps to reduce frustration & stress, and improves outcomes for everyone. Learn simple tools to manage conflict and express feelings, verbal and non-verbal messaging, cognitive reframing and active listening techniques with a licensed therapist.
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Understanding PTSD | Tues 4/13 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Trauma impacts everyone differently, depending on the nature of the trauma, presence or lack of social supports, participation in treatment and coping mechanisms. An accessible guide to understanding what causes Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, it’s symptoms, co-occurring disorders and treatment options. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist.
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John Register | Amputate Your Fear | Wed 4/14 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Four-time All American, decorated Gulf War veteran, amputee, and Paralympic medalist speaks on “hurdling adversity.”
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Setting Limits & Boundaries | Thurs 4/15 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Maintaining a balance between taking care of loved ones and setting boundaries can be challenging. Learn how to express your own needs without guilt, strike a healthy balance between caregiving and self-care, and tips for negotiating compromises with a licensed therapist.
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Covid Trauma: How Do We Heal? | Tues 4/20 | 12-1:00p CDT 
The COVID-19 pandemic has negatively affected many people’s mental health. How do we heal from its impact?  This seminar explores what trauma is and how COVID-19 trauma impacted us. Discover practical steps to start the healing process in this one-hour session with a licensed therapist.
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Understanding ADHD | Thurs 4/22 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) is not just about hyperactive people and short attention spans. An accessible guide to understanding causation, symptoms and treatment options for ADHD. Learn practical tips for managing symptoms and helping others with a licensed therapist during this one-hour session.
negotiating compromises with a licensed therapist.
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Problem Solving | Tues 4/27 | 12-1:00p CDT 
Confronting problems can be challenging. Heightened emotionality, irrational thinking, impaired judgment, impulsivity, and distorted perceptions interfere with our ability to solve problems quickly and efficiently. Learn strategies for effective problem solving and conflict management with a licensed therapist.
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Self-Care & the Impact of Mental Illness | Thurs 4/29 | 12-1:00p CDT 
The complicated nature of mental illnesses can make living or working with a person experiencing a mental illness especially taxing. Learn strategies to respond to problem behaviors, set boundaries, and manage your own stress in this one-hour session with a licensed therapist.
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Jaymi Dormaier, LMSW, holds a master’s degree in social work from Michigan State University. In Jaymi’s career as a social worker and therapist she has worked with a diverse population focusing on a variety of issues, including homelessness, depression, anxiety, grief, trauma, foster care, adoption, and addiction. She is passionate about helping others live a life they love.

Jaymi is on the board of a non-profit organization focused on bringing more happiness to the world through random acts of kindness. In her free time Jaymi enjoys spending time with her dog, volunteering in her community, and camping.

Susan Dannen is a Licensed Independent Social Worker with over 25 years of experience in the mental health field.  She has held positions as an In-home therapist, Day Treatment Therapist, School-Based Therapist, Outpatient Therapist, Hospital/Clinic Therapist, Program Supervisor, and Director. She was an Adjunct Professor at Adler Graduate School in MN, and a trainer/writer for the MN Child Welfare Training System.

Susan trained at Jane Addams College of Social Work, Univ. of IL Chicago for her MSW and specializes in child and adult mental health, anxiety, depression, grief, trauma, play therapy, and foster care/adoption. She is passionate about educating and supporting others to find hope and healing.

In her free time, Susan enjoys yoga, nature, making pottery, art, music, sports, and theatre.



In March the members of NAMI Greater Des Moines unanimously voted to become Mindspring Mental Health Alliance. Our programs and services remain the same, as is our commitment to provide no-cost mental health education, advocacy and support. And as an independent charity we’ll be able to provide transparency about how donations are used by the organization.

In the years we’ve spent supporting the mental health of our community, we’ve learned that historic achievement is simply the aggregation of many small steps. So we invite you to join us, as we tip-toe, step and stride into the future.

With much love and appreciation,


Support Community Mental Health

Mental health is health, and the past year has amplified this as stress, isolation, and uncertainty has impacted so many families. In 2020, Mindspring/NAMI Greater Des Moines experienced an incredible 2470% increase in demand and served 107,114 people. These critically important mental health services are made possible through donations from community members like you and allow us to continue to provide these essential services free of charge.

If you have enjoyed our programming and have the means available, we invite you to support Mindspring with a tax-deductible contribution.  Your financial support will help ensure that we can continue to be a beacon of hope in this unique time in the world.




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