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May Nonprofit Spotlight: Mental Health Awareness Month

Young Professionals Connection May Mental Health Awaren

YPC Mental Health Awareness

In 2013, President Obama declared May to be Mental Health Awareness Month. Mental Health Awareness Month was created to help fight the stigma of mental health, provide support, educate the public and advocate for equal care.

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social well-being. Mental Health is important at every stage of life as it affects how we think, feel and act. There are many factors that contribute to mental health problems including:

  • Biological Factors such as genes and brain chemistry
  • Life Experiences such as trauma or abuse
  • Family History of mental health problems

Mental Health Awareness is an opportunity to learn more about a broad range of Mental Health Disorders including:

  • Anxiety
  • Behavioral
  • Eating
  • Mood
  • Personality
  • Psychotic

For more specific information regarding these and other Mental Health Issues please visit mentalhealth.gov.

Local Organizations

Orchard Place

Orchard Place provides mental health treatment and expertise for children in Iowa from birth to age 22. They serve nearly 10,000 children annually. Orchard Place’s services include, residential, out-patient, in-home and care coordination programs.


  • Volunteer Opportunities (Mentor, Classroom Assistant, and Tutor)

Please contact Megan Ronnenberg, Director of Volunteers, at mronnenberg@orchardplace.org for more information.


Contact: orchardplace.org
2116 Grand Ave
Des Moines, IA
(515) 246-3514

National Alliance on Mental Illness — Iowa

NAMI-Iowa is a self-help organization made up of families of persons with mental illness, of those persons themselves and of friends of persons with mental illness. NAMI-Iowa provides support to families, systems advocacy and information services.


Contact: namiiowa.com
5911 Meredith Drive Suite E
Des Moines, IA
(515) 254-0417

Eyerly Ball

Eyerly Ball has services available for mental health conditions including depression, anxiety, chronic mental illness, substance abuse, and more.  Eyerly Ball offers outpatient therapy and psychiatric services, a wide variety of community-based programs, and residential services including group homes and habilitation homes in the community.


Contact: eyerlyball.org
Eyerly Ball
945 19th Street
Des Moines, IA 50314
(515) 241-0982

Young Professionals Connection (YPC)

The Young Professionals Connection (YPC) promotes an environment that attracts and retains young professionals in Greater Des Moines (DSM). YPC connects young professionals to each other and to the community through social, civic, charitable and professional development endeavors. YPC members have unique opportunities to grow personally and professionally and forge lasting relationships. They engage, connect and form a foundation for their future in DSM. YPC is an initiative of the Greater Des Moines Partnership.