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We're Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region. We help people struggling with difficult thoughts, feelings and behaviors get the treatment they need.
Here’s how it works: Type your city or zip code into the search bar to see a list of licensed mental health providers near you. Click the “Next” button to scroll through your options. Or click “Select Category” to filter results by the type of provider. To make an appointment, click on the website link or call the number listed.
Feeling overwhelmed by the pandemic? Here’s how to find FREE, professional help here in East Central Iowa?
The Mental Wellbeing Project helps Iowans who are experiencing brain health issues because of the pandemic access FREE mental health wellness coaching and therapy sessions.
- No paperwork
- No eligibility requirements
- 100% FREE
This service is available for anyone who lives in East Central Iowa. This includes the following counties: Bremer, Benton, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones and Linn counties.
To schedule your appointment, give us a call:
The Mental Wellbeing Project is a collaboration between Abbe Center, Hillcrest Family Services and Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region
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Questions About Your Child’s Wellbeing?
Find resources and tools related to Children’s Brain Health. And discover ways to support a child facing an emotional or behavioral challenge.
Connect with professional treatment providers to discuss concerns about your child’s behavioral health.
Download Pat Learns About Feelings, a fun activity book that teaches kids what to do when they’re having a bad day.
Explore creative, stress-relieving activities you can do with your child.
What is Brain Health?
The human brain helps you think and solve problems. It controls our senses, like vision and hearing. It regulates emotions. And so much more.
Your brain is your most important organ. And when your brain health suffers — your physical health can too.
Be a positive force for good. Help end the stigma of brain health disorders at brainhealth-now.org
No one is perfect. We get sick, break bones and sometimes, thoughts and feelings shake us to our core. It's OK to feel off, scared or uncertain. And it's more than OK to get help to feel better.
There is a false belief that mental illness is something you can “think your way out of.” This misunderstanding leads people who could benefit from treatment to suffer in silence. By changing the way we talk about our feelings, thoughts and behaviors, we can normalize our experiences and lessen the unfair stigma that comes with these challenges.
Replacing "mental health" with "brain health issue" in everyday conversations helps us recognize the biological and neurological basis for conditions like anxiety or depression.
This understanding — that brain health is not so different from your physical health after all — will encourage people who are suffering to get the help they need and deserve.
Where It Hurts
Chronic stress, anxiety and other brain health challenges change the way we think and feel. They can impact our physical bodies too.
At your next visit, tell your doctor about any physical symptoms you have. And open up about emotions, thoughts and behaviors that make you suffer. No matter what is causing you pain—a doctor can help you get the right treatment!
Don’t have a primary care physician? You can still get help. Use our find a provider tool to find a mental health professional close to you.
*If you’re experiencing serious symptoms like chest tightness or shortness of breath, call 9-1-1 right away—these could be signs of a medical emergency.
Putting your brain health first
According to the National Institute of Mental Health, nearly one in five adults lives with a mental illness.
Less than half receive the help they need. But everyone can benefit from treatment — whether it's counseling, behavioral therapy, prescription medication, inpatient treatment, or a mix of options.
Putting your brain health first offers one benefit after the other:
Find relief from the effects of brain health concerns.
Improve your self-esteem & feel more confident.
Take control of hard-to-break behaviors & habits.
Manage stress & emotions.
Combined with Professional Treatment, These Good Habits Support a Healthy Brain:
Even just five minutes of exercise (walking, swimming, weightlifting, and more) can help reduce stress and combat both anxiety and depression.
A vitamin-rich diet is the best way to support a healthy brain. Eat more fruits and veggies, proteins and whole grains to feel the immediate mental and physical benefits of healthy eating.
Learn a new
Meditation, yoga and guided breathing exercises can help you respond to stressful situations in a healthy way. Try these guided practices for finding your calm.
Practice a Hobby You Love
Take time to do things that make you smile. Learn a musical instrument. Go on a nature walk. Or join a sports club.
We all have our ups and downs. Opening up to a close friend, relative or professional helps you take stock of your thoughts and feelings. It helps you see things from a new perspective. And it can inspire you to make positive changes to behaviors and habits.
Be there for a friend
If a friend facing a brain health challenge reaches out — listen. You don't need to give advice. Instead, tell them you care and point them towards help.
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