Iowa AEA Mental Health Website

Iowa AEA Mental Health Website provides information and resources for mental health in schools, community, advocacy, and self-care.

Mental Health Training: NAMI Basics OnDemand

“NAMI Basics OnDemand is a free, six-session online education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth aged 22 or younger who are experiencing mental health symptoms. NAMI Basics OnDemand is an adaptation of the in-person course offered in 43 states by NAMI affiliates.”

Registration link here.

Support Groups

This link provides information pertaining to NAMI support groups for students and families living with mental illness. The list provides contact information for support groups/resources across the state.

Child Mind Institute

This site is an excellent resource to help families understand mental health concerns, specific mental health disorders, evidence-based supports, and resources to help families advocate for their children.

Suicide Prevention Resources for Parents/Guardians and Families

Suicide is the seconding leading cause of death for our children.  Talking with our children about suicide and getting them the help they need can be overwhelming. This resource provides a selection of websites and online information sheets that have suicide prevention resources for parents, guardians, and other family members.

Mobile Crisis Outreach

Mobile crisis response teams are provided across the state of Iowa’s 14 MHDS service regions. It is a FREE crisis service and outreach is available 24/7. Mobile crisis response services are provided on-site, in-person interventions for individuals experiencing a mental health crisis, including suicidal ideation. Mobile crisis response services are provided in the individual’s home, school, or at any other location where the individual lives, works, attends school or socializes. Mobile response staff are dispatched immediately after crisis screening has determined the appropriate level of care. Response time is within 60 minutes of dispatch. Services are provided by mental health professionals through various partnerships with mental health provides across the state. Contacts are based on region. The above link provides the contact information to access the mobile crisis center by county.

National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI)

The National Alliance on Mental Illness is a resource that provides information related to warning signs, mental health conditions, NAMI Blogs, statistics, treatment, fact sheets, and information on public policy.  NAMI also provides resources to help community members find support as well as advocacy opportunities.


NAMI Iowa is the Iowa chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness. NAMI Iowa contains information related to fact sheets, NAMI education and classes, peer support training, health library, resources, and advocacy opportunities

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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.

Three-Digit Number for Suicide Prevention

Recently, the FCC recommended that 988 be designated as a national crisis hotline. Please continue to share 800-273-TALK (8255) and our chat page with anyone wishing to connect to the Lifeline. 988 is NOT CURRENTLY ACTIVE and will not connect callers to the Lifeline.

Preventing Youth Suicide: Tips for Parents and Educators

This resource, developed by the National Association of School Psychologists,  provides an overview of suicide risk factors, warning signs and resiliency factors.