The results of the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey have recently come out, and we are seeing that the rate of thought of suicide in young people continues to rise. Nationally, surveys show that among teenagers, 3 out of 20 students has thought about suicide in the last year. The results of the 2018 Iowa Youth Survey show that a high number of those young people in Iowa have even gone so far as to make a plan for suicide.
The Crisis Center of Johnson County is changing its name to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank to better reflect its services and those it serves. Iowa City, IA – The Crisis Center of Johnson County announced Monday evening the organization will be changing its name to CommUnity Crisis Services and Food Bank. The organization, […]
Teague started to isolate himself down in the basement of his home. First, he was unable to eat or sleep, then just living became even more difficult. He started losing weight and he even went without sleeping for nine days straight.
He began to dream of jumping off a bridge, feeling that it would be “easier to be gone than to be a failure.” That’s when Teague called The Crisis Center’s crisis line for the first time.
With the help of incredible community partners like the University of Iowa Community Credit Union and Adamantine Spine Moving, The Crisis Center overcame an unexpected cost increase, raising $100,000 more than was anticipated when starting the campaign. Thanks to amazing, flexible staff and volunteers, the food bank never once had to close during construction. It was a little cramped from time to time, but we never stopped providing services to the nearly 13,000 clients who count on it to meet their food needs each week.
By Kristie Fortmann-Doser Executive Director of the Domestic Violence Intervention Program Note: This column was originally posted at thegazette.com. I remember 8 years ago when Becci Reedus, executive director of the Crisis Center of Johnson County, told me about an idea she had — it really just started because she wanted a parking lot. […]
Imagine you’re suffering prolonged financial hardship. You’ve been struggling, maybe relying on the local food bank for extra groceries. Then, finally, when you’ve almost given up on the search, you find a job. Your new manager tells you that you can start once you buy a pair of steel-toed boots. A pair of boots may […]
By Claire Dietz, Communications Intern The last major celebrity to die by suicide that I remember is Robin Williams. But I was just entering college, which I thought was a new chapter in a new part of my life. Now, almost four years later, we are dealing with the aftermath of Kate Spade and Anthony […]
By the National Association of Letter Carriers Local Branch 373: The National Association of Letter Carriers in the Iowa City area marked the 26th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive in our area collected 15,348 pounds of food: just over 7.5 tons. This amazing amount of food will go […]
Allan Berger, an emergency veterinarian at Bright Eyes & Bushy Tails in Iowa City, completed the 60-hour-long training to become a Crisis Intervention volunteer in 2014. Since then, Allan has given 465 hours—about 20 days—of his time answering the Crisis Line.
“You never know what you’re going to get when the phone rings,” Allan said.
For him, volunteering on the Crisis Line means “the opportunity to step into the shoes of someone less fortunate and brainstorm ways to help.”