AEA — Supporting Mental Health in Iowa Schools
Mental health professionals from Iowa’s nine Area Education Agencies (AEAs) recently collaborated to create a website for Iowans who are searching for mental health assistance. The website at www.IowaAEAMentalHealth.org came from a request by the state legislature to help educators, parents and students navigate resources related to mental health and well-being in Iowa.
CASEL (Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning)
Social-emotional learning resources designed to support educators, parents, and anyone who works with children during this COVID-19 period. (designed for grades 6-12)
Web Page: CASEL COVID-19 Resources
In a crisis, or if you are in need of immediate support:
- call 911
- contact Employee Family Resources (EFR) at 1-800-327-4692 (available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week)
- contact Iowa Crisis Chat at iowacrisischat.org or 1-855-325-4296
- contact the National Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 or https://suicidepreventionlifeline.org/
Employee & Family Resources (EFR)
WDMCS partners with Employee & Family Resources (EFR) to support students, staff, and families through the Student Assistance Program and Employee Assistance Program.
- Employee Assistance Program: If you are looking to access the EAP, you can reach out to EFR via phone at 800-327-4692 or by email. In addition to phone and email, EFR has a web chat option here. Telehealth options are available in place of in-person counseling in many locations via Zoom or telephone effective March 18, 2020.
- Student Assistance Program: 24/7/365 phone support available. Zoom or phone assessment, referral, and brief counseling sessions also available. Effective March 23, 2020, EFR will be offering SAP sessions by phone to students who have been seen onsite at their school. To access services, please call 515-244-6090.
Web Page: EFR
Greater Good in Education—Berkeley
Social-emotional learning activities and practice resources, including themes of mindfulness, empathy, kindness & compassion, gratitude, and self-compassion. (designed for grades K-12)
Web Page: Greater Good in Education—Berkeley: All Practices
House of Mercy
House of Mercy has now joined the Mercy Pediatric and Neurology and Psychiatry Center, located at 411 Laurel St., Suite 3310 in Des Moines. House of Mercy has immediate openings for children and adolescents in need of mental health services, where it provides medication management, neurological evaluations and mental health therapy.
The facility is open from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Thursday. It is closed on Fridays.
Web Page: MercyOne Des Moines Pediatric Neurology and Psychiatry Care
Iowa Department of Public Health
The Iowa Department of Public Health provides resources and information to protect and improve the health of Iowans including promoting healthy living, assuring access to quality health services, and emergency preparation, response, and recovery.
Web Page: Iowa Department of Public Health
Polk County Health Department
Serving a diverse Central Iowa community, Polk County is among the nation’s most innovative public institutions. They bring together creative leaders, collaborative organizations and key resources to empower communities and make life better for all people in Polk County.
Web Page: Polk County Health Department
UnityPoint Health Behavioral Health Urgent Care
UnityPoint Health – Des Moines, along with Eyerly Ball Community Mental Health Services and Orchard Place/Child Guidance Center, works to provide mental health, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services, and community resources to patients of all ages, both pediatric and adult.
The clinic will be open to patients from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m., seven days a week. This is a walk-in site of care, no appointments available at this time.
Web Page: UnityPoint Health – Des Moines
University of Iowa TeleMobile Clinic
This is a University of Iowa student-run nonprofit organization that offers free basic healthcare services to anyone who needs it. They provide:
- free online/phone medical appointments,
- general health education, medication refills,
- discussion of COVID-19 concerns,
- social work appointments, and
- mental health referrals.
Patients do not need insurance. Services are available in English, Spanish, Arabic and French. Call or text 319-535-2684 to sign up.