Phone: Call 1-855-325-4296 and you’ll be connected to a trained crisis counselor in Iowa City, IA. They will listen, help you explore your feelings, work with you to create a safety plan if you think it would be helpful, and connect you with resources as needed.
Chat: Go to IowaCrisisChat.org and click “Chat Now.” (If you’re chatting between the hours of 2am-9am Central you will be redirected to the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline crisis chat platform. This platform usually has a long wait. Please call 1-855-325-4296 for immediate help.) You will fill out a survey that helps us learn more about you and how you’re feeling. You will be connected with a trained crisis counselor in a private chat where they will listen, help you explore your feelings, work with you to create a safety plan if you think it would be helpful, and connect you with resources as needed. After you’ve completed the chat session, there is a follow-up survey that gives us important data to measure our counselors’ effectiveness.
Text: Text anything to 1-855-325-4296. From 9am-2am Central, a trained crisis counselor will text you back and listen, help you explore your feelings, work with you to create a safety plan if you think it would be helpful, and connect you with resources as needed. The crisis counselor is texting with you through our chat platform and not from a cell phone. If you text us between the hours of 2am-9am, you will receive a message with immediate resources. To receive immediate help during these hours, please call us at 1-855-325-4296 or text the national Crisis Text Line at 741-741.
Mobile Crisis is responding to clients via telephone or telemedicine in Johnson and Iowa counties. For clients in need of immediate support, please call MCO at 855-800-1239. Our Mobile Crisis Outreach team can provide referrals and additional follow up.
Online Support Groups
When you’re not sure where to turn, 211 can provide guidance and resources to address most essential needs like housing, food, financial assistance, and more. Dial 211 or visit 211.org.
Disaster Distress Helpline: 1-800-985-5990
The Disaster Distress Helpline is a 24/7, 365-day-a-year, national hotline dedicated to providing immediate crisis counseling for people who are experiencing emotional distress related to any natural or human-caused disaster.
Warm Line: 1-844-775-9276
The Warm Line is a peer run, telephone based, non-crisis, confidential, listening line for anyone struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Warm Line is staffed by people who have been through a similar journey and are in recovery themselves.
Local Mental Health Organizations
- NAMI Johnson County
- NAMI Johnson County is the local affiliate of NAMI Iowa and NAMI National. NAMI, the acronym for the National Alliance on Mental Illness, is the nation’s leading grassroots, self help, education, support and advocacy organization dedicated to improving the lives of individuals and families affected by mental illness.
- AbbeHealth Services is a regional nonprofit organization dedicated to providing mental health and aging services that help individuals achieve their optimum levels of independence and success.
- Prelude Behavioral Services offers prevention services, substance abuse and addiction treatment, drug testing, family services, and more.
- Your Life Iowa is a resource system for help with alcohol, drugs, gambling, and mental health. The Facility Locator Tool finds the facility provides the address and contact information for the nearest applicable facility to your location.
- UAY offers youth services including a youth center, school programs, health education, a young parent program, transitional living program, counseling, and more.
- Four Oaks Family and Children Services provides residential and community-based programs across Iowa. We address challenges including poverty, homelessness, unemployment, behavioral health, mental health and more. Together, we can expect success.