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2017 Putting Compassion in Action Staff Campaign

Changing Minds

Community Mental Health Resource Fair

Changing Minds is dedicated to awareness, education, understanding, and advocacy about mental health issues in Iowa. One in five Americans experience a mental illness in a given year. It’s time to erase the stigma and change minds about mental health. You can help by supporting this important community conversation.


When: 4:15 – 7:45 p.m., April 25, 2017
Where: Diamond Jo Casino, 301 Bell Street, Dubuque, IA

Event Schedule
4:15 – 6:15 p.m.: Vendor exhibits available
4:45 – 5:45 p.m.: Presentation: The impact of adverse childhood experiences (ACES) and trauma on who we are
6:15 – 7:45 p.m.: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)presentation: “In our own voice!”

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) “In Our Own Voice”
Presented by David Lange and Jim Norman

NAMI “In Our Own Voice” offers insight into the hope and recovery possible for people with mental health conditions. Two individuals who live with mental health challenges will share their personal stories, from the dark days of a mental health crisis to the successes, hopes, and dreams they are now experiencing in recovery. This interactive presentation strives to change attitudes, assumptions, and stereotypes by describing the reality of living with mental illness.

What You’ll Gain
NAMI “In Our Own Voice” adds a critical perspective to the popular understanding of what people with mental illness are like. Going to this presentation will provide you:

  • A first-hand account of what it’s like to live with a mental illness. Presenters humanize this misunderstood topic by demonstrating that it’s possible—and common—to live well with mental illness.
  • A chance to ask the presenters questions, which allows for a deeper understanding of mental health conditions and dispel stereotypes and misconceptions.
  • The understanding that every person with a mental illness can hope for a bright future.

Presenter David Lange
David Lange is the father of three wonderful children. He strives to always move forward in his recovery. He is the Peer Manager for Iowa’s Office of Consumer Affairs. He is very involved in peer support and is a state trainer for the Peer Support Specialist Training Program with the University of Iowa. He facilitates NAMI Peer-to-Peer training in the Department of Corrections and this year will be training inmates to facilitate NAMI’s support group called Connection. David loves walking his dog in the woods. His hobbies include beekeeping and woodworking. He loves to educate, advocate, and work to end the stigma associated with mental illness.

Presenter Jim Norman
Jim Norman lives in Dubuque and works as a Certified Peer Support Specialist. As a person with lived experience he has been actively involved in promoting, supporting, and facilitating wellness and recovery. He volunteers with NAMI-Dubuque, CAPABLE Volunteer Co., and the Dubuque Regional Humane Society. He serves on the board for NAMI-Dubuque and NAMI Iowa and is chairperson for the Iowa Office of Consumer Affairs Advisory Committee. He plans to serve on the Advisory Committee for the Mental Health and Disability Services-East Central Region beginning March 2017. His favorite pastime is playing tennis and he serves as a board member/webmaster for the Dubuque Tennis Association. As of 2017, he is also an Advisory Committee member for the Mental Health and Disability Services-East Central Region, representing a person with lived experience for Dubuque County.

Adverse Childhood Experiences Study (ACES) and Its Impact in Adulthood
Presented by Wendy Woodhouse

Most of us know someone with a chronic physical or mental health condition. Health care providers point to behaviors such as poor diet, obesity, lifestyle or genes as the causes for health issues. In the past, a physician might say, “What’s wrong with you?“  A new question is now being asked, “What happened to you?” Research from the Adverse Childhood Experiences Study highlighted and produced a shift in our approach to health issues. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention identified Adverse Childhood Experiences as the largest health care crisis faced in the United States.

What You’ll Gain:

An understanding of the large, multi-state study, Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) Study, and how these experiences can contribute significantly to negative adult physical and mental health outcomes affecting more than 60% of U.S. adults.  And, how resilience and hope are decrease the effects of these adverse experiences

Presenter Wendy Woodhouse
Wendy Woodhouse, LMSW, LMHC, has worked in the social work field for 40 + years in the Dubuque area serving individuals and families who use Child Welfare, Mental Health and Disability Services. She is an adjunct professor and has provided Vocational Rehabilitation and Veteran’s Administration Services in Iowa and Wisconsin. Wendy is employed at Dubuque’s Families First Counseling Services where she supervises the Child Welfare Service – Family Safety Risk and Permanency Services and is an agency trainer.


Community organizations and providers will also be on hand to offer more ways to connect with service, advocacy, and information.


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This event is sponsored by Lutheran Services in Iowa (LSI). LSI responds to the love of Jesus Christ through compassionate service by empowering thousands of children, adults, and families in Iowa each year.


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