Help Comes in Many Ways

  • If an adolescent is in a crisis, suicidal, or having suicide ideation, please call 911 or take them to an emergency department for immediate medical evaluation.
    Although not conclusive, this is a list of resources for immediate help. 

    Johnson County Crisis Line
    (24/7 over the phone or in-person counseling support)

    If you are suicidal or otherwise in crisis and need to speak with someone immediately, contact any of these free, confidential crisis counseling services where you can talk about whatever’s on your mind in a safe, non-judgmental environment:

    • Call The Crisis Center at 1-855-325-4296. The Crisis Center’s crisis line is a 24-hour hotline for anyone who is going through emotional distress or is in suicidal crisis. The Crisis Center is staffed by trained volunteer peer crisis counselors ready to talk to you about whatever you define as a crisis.
    • Chat at is a program of The Crisis Center of Johnson County, Iowa offering online emotional support and referrals. The Crisis Center is staffed by trained volunteer peer crisis counselors ready to chat with you about whatever you define as a crisis.

    National Suicide Prevention LifeLine
    (24/7 talk and text)

    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. The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. 

    Iowa HelpLine
    (24 hour talk; text during the day)
    Website and Chat (chat)

    Iowa Helpline serves a great need in East Central Iowa. With individual community access to crisis services on the decline, many in crisis turn to the medical or law enforcement community for assistance. Iowa Helpline exists to be a qualified, intermediary step, allowing people to get professional mental health assistance in a less stressful and traumatic environment, and without spending hours in the ER. This service, coordinated and provided by Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region is designed to reach deep into each of our nine counties, and provide support to those who need it most. 

Other Parent, Student & Community Resources

  • Love and Logic for Parents and Educators
    Raise self-confident, motivated children who are ready for the real world. Loving, yet powerful tools for parenting children of all ages

    Teen Line
    Offers resources and peer support for students who could use help from addiction, rape, abuse, suicidal thoughts, or relationship conflict. They can be contacted through their website, text, email, or phone calls and their new Teen Talk app.

    RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network) is the nation's largest anti-sexual violence organization. RAINN created and operates the National Sexual Assault Hotline (800-656-4673, and in partnership with more than 1,000 local sexual assault service providers across the country and operates the DoD Safe Helpline for the Department of Defense. Whether you're looking for support, information, advice, or a referral, RAINN trained support specialists are ready to help.

    National child Abuse Hotline 1-800-422-4453. 

    Very Well Mind 
    How to support a friend who is conveying suicidal thoughts