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Support Resources for Students, Families, and Staff

We recognize that there have been significant challenges and losses that our school district family and our community have faced throughout the past weeks, months, and years. Whether it be the death of a loved one, pandemic-related stressors, personal and professional challenges, or the emotional heaviness surrounding incidents of social injustice and attacks on human rights, we recognize the mental health of our students, families, and staff is of great concern for many.

It is important to us that you are aware of the school-based support services that are available, as well as the local community resources that can provide support outside of the school setting. School Counselors, Student Family Advocates, and District staff are available for students in each school. In addition to our internal resources, at the bottom of this message is a list of local and national support services that are always accessible to you.

In an effort to build upon the support services that we currently have in place, our District is in the process of creating a mental health workgroup made up of students, staff, parents, and local mental health experts.  The purpose of the workgroup is to provide short and long-term recommendations regarding mental health supports. In addition, we will continue to evaluate our current approach to supporting students and staff while developing additional ways to engage parents and students in this conversation.  

Mental health matters. Each and every person in our school district family matters. Please remember that we are here for you and it is okay to ask for help.

Examples of Local and National Mental Health Support Services Available:

CommUnity Crisis Services & Mobile Crisis Outreach: Mobile Crisis operates in our community as a mental health crisis response. CommUnity Crisis Services & Food Bank has counselors equipped to help individuals struggling with a wide variety of issues. If you or someone you know is in emotional distress, thinking of suicide, or experiencing overwhelming mental health symptoms, Mobile Crisis is there to respond to you in person.

  • To contact the Mobile Crisis team, please call 1-855-800-1239 and ask to meet with Mobile Crisis counselors.
  • Crisis Phone/Text: 1-855-325-4296
  • Food Bank: 319-351-0128
  • https://builtbycommunity.org/

Johnson County Social Services: Comprehensive resource directory of services available across Johnson County. 

United Action for Youth: Prevention and intervention services specifically aimed at supporting youth and their families.

Four Oaks: Network of programs available across the state to support children and their families.

ChildServe: Specialized support for children with mental health concerns, developmental delays, disabilities, injuries, and other special healthcare needs. 

IC CompassionChildServe: Community services aimed at supporting our immigrant families.

Abbe Mental Health Center: Provides a variety of behavioral health service options to provide help and healing with expertise in nearly all aspects of counseling, mental health, and psychiatric treatment.

University of Iowa - Mental Health & Suicide Prevention Resources: Multiple options for mental health care and support through the University of Iowa.

National Suicide Hotline: Provides 24/7, free and confidential support for anyone in crisis. 

If you or someone you know has attempted suicide or is facing imminent physical harm, please call 911 immediately.