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CICS Newsletter: January 2018


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Happy New Year!

Every year, we think about what we can do to better our lives and ourselves as we start our new calendar. But how often do we think about our mental wellbeing? Here are five things you can do to better your mental health in 2018 from our friends at NAMI.


1. Stand Up to Stigma
Feeling ashamed and at fault for something that is out of your control is a weight that no one should have to carry.

Stigma can be incredibly challenging to overcome. It shouldn’t be this way, and you can help to change society’s way of thinking about mental health.

If someone is using language that you find offensive and improper, let them know. Inspire them to join our stigmafree movement, and commit to learn more about mental health. We all need to see the person, not the illness.

2. Take Care of Your Physical Health Too
We’ve all heard this time and time again and there are plenty of studies that prove how beneficial exercise, getting enough sleep and eating well improve overall wellbeing.

The challenging part is finding the motivation, time and effort. Start by creating a simple routine and sticking with it. For example, grocery shop and meal prep over the weekend or on your day off. Have set times during the week for working out or physical activity. Establishing this kind of structure is hard at first, but it’s easier once you get used to the routine.


3. Share Your Story
Opening up about your experiences is not only personally uplifting, but it also helps other people who can relate to you. Use one of NAMI’s platforms such as Ok2Talk, YANA or the mobile AIR app to share your story.


“The best way to encourage others, and to fight stigma, is to speak the truth about what we face every day,” said Anna, a member of our YANA Community. The great thing about these spaces is that you can remain anonymous if you prefer and feel safe sharing your experiences.


If you feel really motivated to share your experiences with others, you can also start your own blog. This will motivate you to consistently write and express yourself on a regular basis. Skutler, a member of our Ok2Talk Community, wrote, “I've always loved writing, but this is the first time I've shared my work with a larger audience, and I can't believe how many people have read and appreciated my personal journey.”


You can also become a presenter for NAMI’s “In Our Own Voice,” a presentation series that changes attitudes, assumptions and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness.


4. Make a Commitment to Stay Informed
Knowing what’s going on in the world of research can help you find out whether there are new ideas that might help improve your quality of life. For example, research shows that getting outside during the winter — even though it can be very cold — is important. Getting enough vitamin D is essential to your mood and overall wellbeing.


Here is a list of credible websites compiled by Karen Moeller, Pharm D, DCPP, and Brantley Underwood, Pharm D, MBA, that can help people find information online:


5. Do Something That You Love Every Day
Even if it’s just 30 minutes each day, read, color, go for a walk or talk with someone that you care about. These activities can bring you a sense of peace. It is so important to feel relaxed for at least part of every day. Our busy schedules frequently take over and stop us from making time for ourselves, but leaving time to do something that you love is essential.


Calendar of Events

January 3 and 4

Story County ASSET Agency Hearings
City Church
2400 Oakwood Drive
Ames | 4:30 p.m. each day


January 8, 10 and 11

Story County ASSET Work Sessions
City Church
2400 Oakwood Drive
Ames | 4:30 p.m. each day


January 9

CICS Regional Advisory Board Meeting
Story County Human Services Center
Second Floor Multipurpose Room
126 S. Kellogg Avenue
Ames | 1:30 p.m.


January 10

FIA/Friendship Club Advisory Board Meeting
Friendship Club
Iowa Falls | 8:30 a.m.


January 10

Opioid Town Hall Meeting
Ames City Hall
Ames | 7:00–8:30 p.m.


January 15

Jasper County Substance Abuse Coalition
EJH Beard Administration Building
1302 1st Avenue W.
Newton | 11:00 a.m.


January 18

MHDS Commission
Polk River Place Room 2
2309 Euclid Avenue
Des Moines | 9:30 a.m.


January 18

Story County ASSET and Joint Funders Meeting
City Church
2400 Oakwood Drive
Ames | 5:00 p.m.


January 18

“Be the Voice” Game Night
Newton Public Library
Newton | 5:30–7:30 p.m.


Bring a game to play or just show up and have fun! Sponsored by the Zac Attacks Stigma subgroup of the CHI Grant, improving mental health care access for Jasper County.


NAMI Support Group
Skiff Medical Center In-Service Room
204 N 4th Avenue E
Newton | 7:00 p.m.


January 23

Hardin County MHDD Advisory Board Meeting
Friendship Club
Iowa Falls | 8:30 a.m.

January 25

CICS Governing Board Meeting
Story County Administration Building
Nevada | 1:00 p.m.

By the Numbers

7.9 million — the number of adults with co-occurring disorders of mental illness and substance abuse as of a 2014 study.

55.8 percent — the amount of people with co-occurring disorders who do not receive treatment for either disorder.

7.4 percent — the amount of people with co-occurring disorders who do receive treatment for both disorders.

*Data from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA)’S 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health



CICS in the Real World

Substance Abuse


Co-Occurring Services

Mental and substance use disorders affect people from all walks of life and age groups. These illnesses are common, recurrent and often serious, but they are treatable and many people do recover. Learning about some of the most common mental and substance use disorders can help people recognize their signs and seek help.

According to SAMHSA’s 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health (NSDUH), an estimated 43.6 million (18.1 percent) Americans ages 18 and up experienced some form of mental illness. In the past year, 20.2 million adults (8.4 percent) had a substance use disorder. Of these, 7.9 million people had both a mental disorder and substance use disorder, also known as co-occurring mental and substance use disorders.

Various mental and substance use disorders have prevalence rates that differ by gender, age, race and ethnicity. To learn more, visit the Specific Populations and Health Disparities topics, and to find SAMHSA data that can be sorted by various factors, visit the NSDUH page.

SAMHSA’s mission is to reduce the impact of mental and substance use disorders on America’s communities. SAMHSA works to prevent and treat mental and substance use disorders and provide support for people seeking or already in recovery.

CICS funds co-occurring mental health and substance use disorder outpatient services at House of Mercy and many other outpatient clinics across the region.  Additionally, CICS funds both group and individual co-occurring therapy in our jails.


Provider Profile


House of Mercy

House of Mercy

House of Mercy is dedicated to making the community a healthier place. This organization provides vital housing, health, wellness and human services to those for people who have difficulty accessing care. Toward this end, House of Mercy offers substance-related/addictive disorders treatment and mental health programs to individuals and families in need. The primary goal is to exceed client expectations while helping them to create a healthy lifestyle and sense of self-worth and well-being.


Essential services provided by the House of Mercy include: transitional and permanent housing; meals; transportation; licensed childcare; individual, group and family therapy; addiction counseling services including relapse prevention education and therapy; aftercare support; twelve-step meetings; primary medical care; trauma counseling; education and employment assistance; and skill development training in communication; parenting and nutrition.