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Mental Health Resources at Your Fingertips!

 There are times when everyone feels overwhelmed. We want to remind you that you are NOT alone!

   Mental Health Resources for ISU Employees is available for download here

Effective NOW - 988 offers 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress.

 

Below is a comprehensive list of services ready and able to serve you, your family, a colleague, student or friend - when in distress.

There are a variety of resources, on-campus and in the community, that are available whether in crisis or just needing someone to talk with -

many resources are available 24/7.

 

 

Urgent Situation - Person is In Crisis – 24/7 options

For immediate concerns about an individual's safety or the safety of others - if you think they might cause harm to self or someone else.

If there is an immediate threat to self or others, you are strongly encouraged to contact 911.

 

Your Life Iowa - Call 1-855-581-8111, Text 1-855-895-8398 or go here for online chat function (part of Iowa Department of Public Health)

Your Life Iowa provides crisis service coordination, linkages to crisis screening and mental health services 24 hours a day with Mobile Crisis Response Team (on-site, face-to-face mental health crisis services).  In conjunction with Mobile Crisis Response Team, the Crisis Stabilization Community-Based Services (CSCBS) are short-term (5-day) services designed to stabilize an individual experiencing a mental health crisis in the community.  They also provide information, referral, and counseling.  Call, text or go to website here to chat to someone live or get more information. 

 

Iowa Concern Hotline – Call 1-800-447-1985 Program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach (Statewide)

Iowa Concern offers information and referrals on legal education, financial concerns, stress counseling and crisis/disaster.  These services are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week by phone at no charge.  Access their website here.

 

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline - Call  1-800-273-8255 or 9-8-8 or online CHAT (NOTE: the dial 9-8-8 is a new option that began July 16, 2022 for ease of access)

We can all help prevent suicide. The Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals across the United States.  The Lifeline is comprised of a national network of over 180 local crisis centers, combining custom local care and resources with national standards and best practices. Call or go to the their website here to chat to someone live or get more information.

 

Employee Assistance Program (EAP)– Call 1-800-327-4692 (Employee & Family Resources – EFR) - for Iowa State University Employees

EFR helps employees and their family with issues affecting your day-to-day life, such as stress, anxiety, depression, parenting, relationships, and legal and financial concerns.  A licensed professional counselor is available 24 hours a day to help you decide what steps to take. Go to website here.     

 

Mary Greeley Medical CenterCall 515-239-6877 or 1-800-524-6877 Talk to one of our nurses 24 hours a day for free health care advice, resources and referrals!

Mary Greeley Medical Center Behavioral Health Services focuses on providing compassionate care, with the goal of helping patients cope in order to lead productive lives. Mary Greeley Medical Center provides mental health services regardless of a person's ability to pay.

 

ULifeline 24-hour Crisis Text line - Text ISU to 741741

 

Iowa State University Police Department - 515-294-4428

 

Non-Urgent (On-Campus)

If it is not a life-threatening situation, but you are still concerned or looking for additional support and resources,

you may want to connect with one of the resources listed below:

 

Project Recovery Iowa

Project Recovery Iowa (formally COVID Recovery Iowa) offers free virtual counseling and assistance for all Iowans needing support.  Visit their website to call or submit a form to get in contact with a counselor. Counselors are available 24/7 and ready to help.

 

Network Community Counseling Call 515-294-1898 to make an appointment

Network Community Counseling offers mostly group counseling sessions with topics including relationship problems, adjustment to life events, understanding yourself and developing self-esteem. Check out the website here.   

 

Kognito - At-Risk Mental Health Training for University and College Faculty & Staff.  

The interactive training, At-risk for Faculty and Staff, provides practice conversations through role-plays with virtual students and teaches users how to recognize the signs of emotional distress, initiate a conversation leveraging evidence-based communication strategies and how to make a referral to support services. Although it is not required, we highly recommend and encourage ALL Iowa State employees, especially those who interact with students in any way, to participate in the training.  You will learn valuable information about mental health among college students and help to statistically increase the number of student referrals to counseling. For more information, visit Learn@ISU, log in with your ISU ID and search the ISU WellBeing catalog for "At-Risk Mental Health"

 

TAO (Therapy Assistance Online) - Free online self-help tool for the Iowa State University community.  

You will have instant access to tools that will help you navigate your mental wellbeing.  TAO is an online library of engaging, interactive programs that help you learn life skills and bounce back from disappointments and stumbling blocks. As you watch their videos and engage with the interactive components, you’ll gain the necessary knowledge and self-awareness to achieve your specific goals. Check out the website here.

 

Iowa State Student Counseling Services Call 515-294-5056 Open Monday-Friday 8 am – 5 pm

Student Counseling Services (SCS) provides clinical and campus-based services to help students achieve their educational and personal goals through confidential prevention, intervention, information and referral services.

 

Community Mental Health Resources

 

Community Mental Health Resources – Call 1-855-581-8111 or Text 1-855-895-8398 (Statewide)

CMHC provides mental health services for individuals of all ages regardless of funding.  Services include outpatient services, 24-hour emergency services, day treatment, partial hospitalization, or psychosocial rehabilitation services, community support services, consultation services and education services.  Check out the website here.  

 

2-1-1 Hotline – Call - 211

A nationwide three-digit hotline for finding local access to health care, mental health resources, food, employment, government help and other needs -- a one-stop shop for health and human services. State communications about the coronavirus in Iowa often have recommended calling 211 as a source for individualized help. Answered 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

 

Community & Family Resources Call 515-232-5811 or 515-232- 3206 (Ames location)

Community and Family Resources are dedicated to proactively assisting individuals, families, and communities achieve healthy behavior and lifestyle through advocacy, prevention, and treatment of substance abuse, problem gambling, and mental illness.  Check out the website here.

 

Eyerly Ball Mental Health Community Center Call 515-598-3300 or 515-241-0982 (Ames location)

Eyerly Ball offers a full continuum of mental health services and treatment to meet the needs of our community, from family and individual counseling to outpatient care for all ages.  They provide comprehensive, effective mental health services with focus on outpatient, residential, community outreach, care coordination and crisis services. Check out the website here.

 

NAMI - National Alliance on Mental Illness–Iowa – Call 1-800-273-8255 (Statewide)

NAMI is a nationwide advocacy group, representing families and people affected by mental health disorders in the United States. From support groups and education to outreach and advocacy, NAMI IOWA works to provide the tools needed by friends, families and persons with mental illness of all ages.  Check out the website here.

 

National Mental Health Resources

 

Centers for Disease Control (CDC) - Mental Health and COVID19 resources (national)

The COVID-19 pandemic has had a major effect on our lives. Many of us are facing challenges that can be stressful, overwhelming, and cause strong emotions in adults and children. Public health actions, such as social distancing, are necessary to reduce the spread of COVID-19, but they can make us feel isolated and lonely and can increase stress and anxiety. Learning to cope with stress in a healthy way will make you, the people you care about, and those around you become more resilient.  Check out website here.

EAP Tips and Resources

16 Apr 2020

Find Comfort in Working from Home!

Working from the comfort of your home can be great; however, you might find that it can become rather uncomfortable by the end of the day. When thinking about all the necessary changes to transition to a successful work-from-home setup, have you considered the ergonomics of your work-station?

Staying Connected

Staying connected and keeping a sense of community is more important now than ever in times of ever changing circumstances. We all need human connection to positively impact all aspects of our well-being. You may feel like your colleagues appear to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, work-life balance looks different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you, but it takes time and support! 

Being kind and compassionate to yourself and staying connected to family, friends and colleagues is a priority for ISU WorkLife!  We host several live events each week to support our ISU community and create opportunities for connection: Mid-Morning Mindfulness, WorkLife Connections, and Friday Walk and Talks.

If you have any questions, please email ISU WorkLife.

Mid-Morning Mindfulness - Recordings 

WorkLife Connections - Recordings

Well-being Wednesday Conversations - Recordings

 


Keeping Community.

Staying connected and keeping a sense of community is more important now than ever in this time of working at home, social/physical distancing and ever changing circumstances. We all need human connection and unfortunately, this prolonged social isolation can really impact all aspects of our well-being. You may feel like your colleagues appear to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, working remotely and work-life balance look different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you, but it takes time and support! 

Being kind and compassionate to yourself and staying connected to family, friends and colleagues during this time, is a priority for ISU WellBeing!  We will be hosting several live events each week to support our ISU community and to help create some opportunities for connection. Check out the details below for three new offerings: Mid-Morning Mindfulness, Well-being Wednesdays, and Friday Walk and Talks.

 

 


If you have any questions, please email ISU WellBeing.


Keeping Community.

In this time of working at home, social distancing and endless and ongoing changes, sometimes it is difficult to figure out which is the right way.  Your colleagues appears to have it all worked out and you are still struggling.  Remember, work-life balance looks different for everyone.  You will figure out what works for you.  Be kind and compassionate to yourself as well as others.  

Once of the challenges during these changing times is how to Keep Community and Stay Connected.  

This is a priority for Iowa State University and ISU WellBeing, so beginning now ISU WellBeing will be hosting several live events each week to support being a community and staying connected. 

Check out the details below for Mid-Morning Mindfulness, Well-being Wednesdays, and Friday Walk and Talk.

If you have any questions - email ISU WellBeing.

 

Extinguish your Stress by Igniting a Relationship with Movement!

1 Mar 2020

You're not alone if you're feeling stressed out! Today more people than ever are experiencing the negative effects of stress in their everyday lives. We're all looking for a magical stress relief to melt our cares away. While exercise may not be magical, research continues to support movement’s positive impact in relieving stress. But for most the idea of exercise tends to trigger negative attitudes and resistance to regular movement.

Flu Vaccine Clinic comes early this year!

8 Sep 2020

ISU WellBeing is partnering with Occupational Medicine to provide flu vaccinations to eligible ISU employees. The vaccine is provided at no cost as a service through ISU WellBeing. 

This year flu vaccinations will be available Monday - Friday from September 21 to October 2

NEW LOCATION - Stephens Auditorium at the Iowa State Center. 

It's that time of year... Get your flu shot!

17 Sep 2019

ISU WellBeing is once again partnering with Occupational Medicine to provide flu vaccinations to eligible ISU employees. The vaccine is provided at no cost as a service through ISU WellBeing. This year flu vaccinations will be available October 7 - October 18 from 9:00am - 4:00 pm, Monday - Friday at 205 TASF.

Here are some tips to help make your flu vaccination as painless as possible:

2019 Cyday Friday Employee Walk

9 Aug 2019

The 4th annual Cyday Friday Employee Walk is Friday, August 30! 

Wear your favorite Cyclone apparel on Friday, August 30 and join us in front of Beardshear Hall for a one-mile walk around scenic central campus.

Protect Yourself from the Measles before the Students Return

19 Jul 2019

Before the students return to campus in mid-August, make sure you are protected against the Measles virus. As of last spring, the Measles virus has spread across the United States and made its way to Iowa. Currently, two confirmed cases have been reported in the state. This is a highly contagious disease that spreads easily through airborne droplets around the unvaccinated populations, such as babies and those with autoimmune diseases.

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