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Keep children mentally healthy.

We all want the youth in our life to be healthy and happy. One of the most important ways you can help is to recognize when children could use support for their mental health. Mental health issues can affect the way children learn, act and handle their emotions. This can impact their life at home, school and more.

When children receive the support they deserve, the brighter their future will be.

 Warning Signs

  • Long-lasting sadness
  • Outbursts or extreme irritability
  • Out-of-control behavior
  • Withdrawing from social activities
  • Dramatic changes in sleeping or eating
  • Excessive fear, worry or anxiety
  • Changes in school or friends

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Types of mental health disorders

Learn about common disorders that can affect children and young adults.

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Support children’s health and wellness.

  • Early Intervention Programs

    Discover programs focused on the healthy development of children in their early years.

  • Finding Services

    Learn about the wide range of services Community Mental Health Centers provide and find a center near you.

  • Regional Resources

    From education to connecting with treatment services and supports, Iowa’s Mental Health and Disability Services regions are here for you and your family.

  • Crisis Services

    Get information on Iowa's crisis services.

  • Youth Mental Health First Aid

    Learn about a course that teaches the public how to respond in a mental health emergency with youth and young adults.

  • Self-care Checklist

    Learn about different ways children can help support their mental health.

  • YourLifeIowa.Support

    Encouragement. One text at a time.

  • Brain Injury

    Brain injuries can be a multi-occurring condition with mental health concerns.


I called worried about my son. The counselor listened to my story and helped me create a safe plan to address my concerns. Thank you for your service!”



Support for family and friends.

With Your Life Iowa, you and your loved ones are never alone. Whether you want more information about how to help someone, would like to connect to a treatment professional or just want to talk to someone who cares, we’re here for you.

Family and friends

Want to find help on your own?

Your Life Iowa is always here to help you find resources near you. However, we understand that sometimes you’d like to look for help on your own. Our map will let you do just that.

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