What we’re about

We believe that people deserve to live happy and healthy lives.  Our goal is to provide the supports and services you can use to reach your goals. You came here looking for something. We want to help you find it.

Chat Online

Are you in a crisis, but not ready to talk on the phone? If you are feeling anxious, depressed, hopeless or are having thoughts of suicide, our trained chat specialists at Iowa Helpline are available for you between 12pm and 2am! We will listen and guide you through whatever problems you may be facing. Connect with us through Iowa Helpline chat now!

Call 1-855-800-1239

Do you need to talk about anxious feelings, depression, feelings of hopelessness, or about suicidal thoughts? Our trained, compassionate telephone counselors at Iowa Helpline are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year to help. Pick up the phone and give us a call – you don’t have to deal with these feelings alone. Call us at:

Text 1-855-800-1239

We know that crisis strikes at a variety of times. Iowa Helpline offers text messaging to allow for discreet conversations that do not risk being overheard. Our trained text specialists are available to help you through any difficult time. If you are feeling depressed, hopeless, anxious, or are having thoughts of suicide – we are here for you and can help. Text this number:

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Who Are We

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.

Our Local Offices

The Iowa Helpline is offered free of charge by the East Central Region (ECR). The ECR has local offices which offer additional support services in the following 9 counties:

Benton County

Bremer County

Buchanan County

Delaware County

Dubuque County

Iowa County

Contact: Marilyn Austin


Conroy, Iowa

Jones County

Linn County

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