If you or someone you know is experiencing a crisis, support and assistance is available through Your Life Iowa by Live Chat, by calling (855) 581-8111, or by texting (855) 895-8398.
If you or someone you know is thinking about suicide, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800-273-TALK (800-273-8255). It’s always open, and you can speak to a trained counselor.
If someone is threatening to harm themselves, don’t leave them alone. Call 911 or, if you can do it safely, take them to the nearest emergency room. Try to keep the person calm, and get help from others.
COVID Recovery Iowa: The State of Iowa has received federal funding from FEMA to offer free virtual counseling and assistance to those affected, in any way, by COVID-19. COVID Recovery Iowa provides counseling, virtual activities, referrals and help finding resources to any Iowan seeking assistance or a listening ear.
Iowans of all ages may join groups online to find support and learn creative strategies for coping with the effects of the pandemic. COVID Recovery Iowa will announce additional programs in the coming weeks to help Iowans build coping skills and resilience.
Finding Support in Educational Settings
Iowa has mental health professionals that can answer your questions or provide support for your child in educational setting. You can contact your district’s school counselor or you can contact the Iowa Area Education Staff who serve in your district. To contact AEA staff, click on the map.
Iowa’s Mental Health Regions
Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services (MHDS) Regions are the local entity responsible for administering Iowa’s community-based, person-centered mental health and disability services system. The MHDS Regions are responsible for:
- Providing access to a full array of services including crisis services, inpatient and outpatient mental health services, and daily living supports.
- Funding core services for individuals who meet regional eligibility criteria.
- Connecting individuals to services and supports.
What to expect when seeking mental health support
When people have not experienced meeting with a mental health professional, they can feel intimidated or scared about meeting for the first time. There are some things you can do to help yourself or your child to feel more comfortable. Click the button to learn more.