Please call 911 if there is an immediate risk for harm or an emergency
For suicide intervention, call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline to get help by phone at 1-800-273-TALK (1-800-273-8255) Toll-free in the U.S. 24 hours a day.
To report a sexual assault, Call 911 or contact the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 800.656.HOPE (4673) to speak with a trained sexual assault service provider in your area.
According to NAMI, Iowa ranks among the worst states in the nation for mental health treatment. The state of Iowa is working to help bridge the gap between its citizens and access to the appropriate mental health services. Iowans in need of crisis intervention can always contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 24/7 or call 911. Some counties have a mobile crisis response team working in tandem with police and emergency medical services.
Your Life Iowa through the Iowa Department of Public Health is a provides information and referral, counseling, crisis service coordination, and linkages to crisis screening and mental health services 24 hours a day. Call (855) 581-8111 or Text (855) 895-8398
Foundation 2 Crisis Services provide telephone counselors 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 319-362-2174 in the Cedar Rapids local calling area or 1 (800) 332-4224 anywhere else in Iowa. Crisis Text Chat available Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Text 1 (800) 332-4224
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Foundation 2 Mobile Crisis Outreach Note: All Mobile Crisis Outreach services are currently only offered through telehealth due to community spread of the coronavirus. This is effective 10/30/20 until further notice. Mobile Crisis Outreach is currently offered to residents of all ages in Linn, Benton, Jones, Delaware, Bremer, Buchanan, Cedar, Jackson, Clinton, Scott, and Muscatine counties. MCO operates 24/7 and will respond within one hour of receiving a request (adverse weather conditions may delay response time). Referrals can be made through a service provider, medical professional, employer, family member, friend or individual that believes a situation would benefit from on-site crisis intervention, they can call 1-855-800-1239 to discuss Mobile Crisis Outreach with Foundation 2 staff.
Avera Farm and Rural Stress Hotline Free, confidential hotline for farmers, ranchers, and their families 24/7. Call 1-800-691-4336 to speak with a trained counselor.
The Iowa International Center has a free 24/7 Emergency Interpretation Hotline for non-English speakers in life-threatening crisis situations. They accept calls from hospitals, domestic violence shelters and other social service providers when they determine that language is a barrier to providing appropriate services. To request emergency interpretation services, call 515-282-8269, option 5, and use code 7092. You will be connected with an interpretation service who will work with you on connecting with a professional interpreter.
The Iowa Disaster Behavioral Health Response Team consists of trained volunteers who will respond to the mental health needs of Iowa residents following disasters and critical incidents. The team provides services for community providers based on local area needs and may be delivered at a disaster site in an affected community or statewide. Services may include:
- Conduct behavioral health needs assessment following a disaster
- Provide Psychological First Aid
- Provide brief crisis counseling and intervention
- Provide community outreach
- Provide public information and education
- Provide critical incident stress debriefing
- Provide behavioral health consultation for providers, communities and individuals
- Provide screening and referral for those affected by a disaster or critical event
Crisis Services in Polk County:
Mobile Crisis Team is activated when Law Enforcement makes a request while responding to an emergency. For emergency crisis call 911 and notify the operator there is a mental health crisis. For non-Emergency crisis, call 515-283-4811
The Crisis Observation Center is intended to stabilize individuals who are experiencing an acute behavioral health stressor that impairs the individual’s capacity to cope with their normal activities of daily living. The stay can last up to 23 hours and includes services such as crisis intervention therapy and after-care coordination. The Crisis Observation Center is located at the Broadlawns Medical Center, West Entrance, 1801 Hickman Rd, Des Moines IA 50314. Phone: (515) 282 5742
The Broadlawns Medical Center also has a 24/7 Crisis Line at (515) 282-5752 providing comprehensive emergency mental health services including assessment, triage, crisis intervention, and discharge planning. Services are available by phone or in person through the Broadlawns Medical Center Emergency Department.
UnityPoint Health offers a Behavioral Health Urgent Care that is open Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. and is located at 1250 East 9th Street, Des Moines IA 50316. Phone: (515) 263-2632. It provides services to individuals of all ages who are needing mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services and community resources. Patients under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a parent or guardian.
Polk County residents can create a Smart911 family profile which provides identifying information to dispatchers when residents call 911, such as emergency contacts, medical information and vehicles.
Crisis Services in Dallas County:
Dallas County has a 24/7 Crisis Line: (844) 428-3878 and has a Mobile Crisis Team working in tandem with law enforcement and is also activated when Law Enforcement makes a request while responding to an emergency. For emergency crisis call 911 and notify the operator there is a mental health crisis.
Crisis Services in Warren County:
Warren County has a 24/7 Crisis Line: (844) 258-8858 and has a Mobile Crisis Team working in tandem with law enforcement and is also activated when Law Enforcement makes a request while responding to an emergency. For emergency crisis call 911 and notify the operator there is a mental health crisis.
Crisis Services in Carroll County:
St. Anthony Regional Hospital has a 24/7 Crisis line: (800) 562-6060.
Crisis Services in Linn County:
Foundation 2 Crisis Services provide telephone counselors 24/7, 365 days a year. Call 319-362-2174 in the Cedar Rapids local calling area or 1-800-332-4224 anywhere else in Iowa.
Foundation 2 Youth Shelter is an emergency shelter for youth, between the ages of 11-17, who are experiencing a personal or family crisis, which makes it necessary to temporarily live away from home.Referrals are accepted from parents/guardians, law enforcement officials, social workers, and other human service professionals. Contact the Foundation 2 Youth Shelter at 319-366-8797.
Crisis Services in Central Iowa:
The United Way Cedar Valley Mental Health Planning Coalition is focusing in the following areas:
- Increasing school-based mental health services
- Increasing the community’s professional treatment capacity
- Decreasing the burden on emergency departments and law enforcement/jails of responding to mental health crisis situations
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Nationwide Crisis Resources:
If you are hard of hearing, you can chat with a Lifeline counselor 24/7 by:
- Online chat – Click the Chat button below
- Video relay Service – Dial 800-273-8255
- TTY – Dial 800-799-4889
- Voice/Caption Phone – Dial 800-273-8255
If you are a Veteran or service member with hearing loss, or any person concerned about someone who is, there are several ways to contact the Veterans Crisis Line:
- Text with a Veterans Crisis Line responder – Send a text message to 838255
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Text HOME to 741741 to connect with a Crisis Counselor 24/7.