Iowa Warm Line
The Warm Line is a Peer-run, telephone-based, non-crisis, confidential listening line for anyone struggling with mental health or substance use issues. The line is staffed 24/7 by people who have been through a similar journey and are in recovery themselves.
Click here for more information.
Resources for Families The following resources were provided by Mississippi Bend Area Education Agency
Supporting Mental Health in Iowa Schools
Research has shown that students academically achieve better when they receive social-emotional and mental health support. Good mental health is more than the absence of mental illness but also includes the areas of social-emotional-behavioral well-being and the developing coping skills to better handle life’s challenges. Visit the site above to learn more.
Managing Stress & Anxiety
Resources aggregated by our AEA system to address student and adult need in this area.
Caregiving During COVID-19
This YouTube video (<20 minutes) provides parents/caregivers the facts of COVID-19, common reactions to stressful situations, how to respond, and know when to seek more help. The PPT is linked on our website for those interested. This was in conjunction with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP).
Positive Solutions for Families
This YouTube video (approximately 22 minutes) was developed by our Family Educator Coordinators to provide parents 8 practical tips on managing behavior in young children focusing on positive reinforcements and affirmations. PPT is also linked on our website.
The following resources are offered from Mental Health America
Practical Mental Health Information
Since the start of the pandemic, more and more people are talking about mental health. An increasing number of folks are starting to see it for what it is: one important component of your overall health and well-being, just like your physical health. But mental health conditions, resources, and conversations can still feel complicated and out of reach. Click the above link for more information.
What to do When You Need Help
When living with a mental health condition or facing a mental health concern, it’s common to feel like no one understands what you’re going through. But many people overcome the mental health challenges they face. You aren’t alone – help is out there, and recovery is possible. Click the link above for more information.
Starting to Think about Mental Health
Mental health refers to our emotional and social well-being and impacts how we think, feel, and behave. It plays a role in connecting with others, making decisions, handling stress, and many other aspects of daily life. Everyone has mental health, and it deserves your attention just as much as your physical health does. Click the link above for more information.
Terms to Know
If you’re thinking about addressing your mental health for the first time, you may come across words that seem simple but you aren’t exactly sure what they mean. Click the link above for more information.
The following resources are offered from Iowa State University Extension & Outreach and Iowa Department of Agriculture & Land Stewardship
Farm Stress and Mental Health
When Farm Problems Become Family Problems
Many Iowa farmers and their families are struggling as they deal with long-term financial stress, weather disasters and concerns, and the continuing pandemic. Research shows that suicide rates are higher among agricultural producers than most other occupations. Compared to the general population, agricultural producers also are more likely to face common mental health conditions, such as depression and anxiety.
Click the link above to view the flyer.
Stress on the Farm
On the Farm: Stress is Real
Left untreated, stressors may lead to mental health and substance use issues, including death by suicide. Learn to recognize stress in yourself, family members, friends, neighbors, or others. Know when and how to get help and offer support.
Click the link above to view the flyer.
The following resources are offered from COVID Recovery Iowa
Well Being of the Young Child Flyer
Parenting in a Pandemic. Our Facebook group offers ideas and support to help parents get through each day. Conversation starters, fun activities, and live talks with experts in parent-related fields such as play therapists, self-care specialists, and doctors.
Click the link above for more information.
COVID Recovery Iowa Flyer
Click the above link to access free information on counseling services related to COVID-19.
COVID Recovery Iowa
Anxiety. Loneliness. Anger. Sense of loss. All of these feelings are normal. And the pandemic doesn’t affect everyone the same way. You may feel fine and confident one day and overwhelmed the next. Your family members may feel things differently – and at different times – than you. That’s why COVID Recovery Iowa offers a listening ear. Counseling sessions with virtual counselors are available by video, chat or phone 24/7.
Click here to learn more and to fill out the confidential form, or call 1-844-775-9276
Virtual Resources The following resources are offered as a way to get support while staying socially distanced during COVID-19
Life Connections: Virtual Recovery Center
Life Connections understands the need for individuals who are needing support and may not be able to travel or want the comfort of their own home. With this, we are going to now offer remote support by virtual and phone capabilities. We want to offer a way for you to stay physically distant but stay socially engaged. We offer support groups, one on one support, and just that socialization that we all need.
Please click here for more information and to access the virtual meetings.
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