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NEW to Your Life Iowa: Mental Health Resources

The Iowa Department of Public Health and Iowa Department of Human Services are collaborating to bring mental health resources to Your Life Iowa. Take a first look around on what will become your link to mental health resources near you. Stay tuned as more information is coming!

April is National Alcohol Awareness Month

April is Alcohol Awareness Month and the Iowa Department of Public Health wants to remind you there is “Help for Today, Hope for Tomorrow”. Click "Read More" to access prevention resources, learn how alcohol impacts Iowans, and find local prevention and treatment professionals near you.

March is Problem Gambling Awareness Month

Did you know that 90.2% of Adult Iowans have gambled in their lifetime and that 45.8% have gambled in the past 30 days?  March is Problem Gambling Awareness month, and for approximately 13.6% of Adult Iowans, they have experienced a sign or symptom of problem gambling in the past year.  

Gift Responsibly

This holiday season, Your Life Iowa encourage you to gift responsibly. According to the National Council on Problem Gambling, young people report their first gambling experience on average occurs around 9-11 years of age.

Saturday, October 27, 2018 is Drug Take Back Day!

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Each spring and the fall, the Drug Enforcement Administration conducts National Prescription Drug Take Back Day to help reduce the amount of unused and expired medications. The next event is October 27 from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at locations across Iowa.

Iowa's Good Samaritan Law

Iowa's Good Samaritan Law encourages those who witness a drug overdose to stay and call 911, rather than running out of fear of prosecution.

September is National Recovery Month

Every September, SAMHSA sponsors Recovery Month to increase awareness and understanding of mental and substance use disorders and celebrate the people who recover. The annual theme is Join the Voices for Recovery: Invest in Health, Home, Purpose, and Community.

September is National Suicide Prevention Month

According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness, one in five American adults and children will experience a mental health condition in their lifetime and 90 percent of those who die by suicide have an underlying mental illness. September is National Suicide Prevention Month and thoughts of suicide can impact anyone regardless of age, gender or background. Suicidal thoughts should not be ignored and often indicate a more serious illness. Help and hope is available.  

Methamphetamine In Iowa

Iowa has experienced a 38% increase in methamphetamine treatment admissions over the past four years. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse,  "Methamphetamine is a highly addictive stimulant. When people stop taking it, withdrawal symptoms can include anxiety, fatigue, severe depression, psychosis, and intense drug cravings.

Brain Injury and You!

Each year, approximately 30,000 Iowans experience a brain injury that results in a visit to an emergency department, admission to a hospital or death. Traumatic brain injuries, sometimes called concussions, are commonly caused by a fall, motor vehicle crash, assault or a sports injury, and can sometimes go undiagnosed.