Your Life Iowa | Student ID Information
Your Life Iowa (YLI) provides free and confidential support by trained professionals for individuals experiencing a gambling, substance use, mental health, suicide or related concerns. YLI was chosen to be the statewide crisis line in January 2019.
Over the past several years Iowa has experienced a pandemic, flooding, crop failures and several derecho events that impacted many Iowans, including our students. It is important that administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students know that YLI is at the ready to provide free and confidential support and information no matter what life might throw their way. The inclusion of YLI contact information on school student ID cards statewide ensures students will have information on how to contact YLI with them at all times.
The recently-passed House File 602 requires student identification cards to include the contact information for Your Life Iowa or any successor program. This is applicable for all student ID cards issued after July 1, 2023, statewide for students in grades 7-12. The inclusion of this information is optional for identification cards issued to students in grades 5 and 6.
We can help you navigate this process and feel prepared to talk to your students about concerns related to mental health, thoughts of suicide, substance use and more. Please see the tabs below for design templates, education information and more.
Use the Photographer/Vendor tab below to access and download the YLI Student ID template files. Use the Administrators tab to learn more about YLI and the resources available to assist administrators, teachers, support staff, parents and students who may be experiencing a crisis or concern. The FAQs tab can help with answering common questions about YLI.
We hope that the information and resources provided will assist in a successful roll-out in each school district. Questions on the information provided or about Your Life Iowa in general can be submitted to email@example.com or click Submit a Question below.
School Design Templates
Your Life Iowa has created 18 templates (9 portrait and 9 landscape) to fit the standard Student ID size (3 1/4 x 2 1/8 inches). There are several color options, as well as black and white text options without a color background.
The Your Life Iowa (YLI) Student ID templates are based on the YLI brand and embody the goals of YLI. The YLI student ID templates are meant to create a cohesive look to educate students about YLI and the free support available 24/7 for what they may be facing.
Templates are not to be altered.
Questions can be directed to YLI using the Submit Question button below.
Seeing a student struggle with alcohol, drugs, gambling, suicidal thoughts or mental health can be tough. We can help! If you have questions about HF 602 or how we can we can assist your school in implementing the requirements for HF 602, please use the submit a question button below.
Conversation Guides - These guides were created to support the "Say Something About Suicide" and " There are People who Care" suicide prevention campaigns.
YLI Resources - This link will take you to the YLI Resources page where you can find additional information and resources on brain injury, bullying, gambling, mental health, substance use, and recovery.
Help for Parents - Drug and alcohol use. Gambling problems. Suicidal thoughts and other tough issues. Today's teens face more challenges than ever before. As a parent, caregiver, friend or relative, it's important to know the warning signs and talk to your kids early - and often.
Help for Teens - Drug and alcohol use. Gambling problems. Suicidal thoughts and other tough issues. Today's teens face more challenges than ever before. We've developed this page specifically for teens, as it's important for teens to know the warning signs and that YLI is here for them, 24/7.
More resources to support HF 602 coming soon!
Frequently Asked Questions
Your school staff, students or community may have questions about Your Life Iowa. We can help you feel prepared for these conversations with our Frequently Asked Questions below.
What is Your Life Iowa?
Your Life Iowa (YLI) is the 24/7 state-wide go-to resource to support anyone in Iowa with a wellness concern or question. We focus on gambling, mental health, substance use, suicide and related concerns. Services are available via phone, text, chat, and email. When you contact Your Life Iowa, we won’t judge what you’ve been through. We’ll do everything we can to help you through some of life’s most difficult challenges.
You can reach out whenever you need extra support – it is always free to get help from a YLI counselor.
Who can use Your Life Iowa?
Our services are open to anyone in Iowa, regardless of age, income or other demographics. We know that sometimes teens may feel uncomfortable talking to a parent or guardian about a concern or question they have. Adult permission in not required for minors to use Your Life Iowa.
Will people know I reached out to Your Life Iowa?
YLI is a confidential service. This means that we do not share any identifying information with anyone outside of YLI without a caller’s permission.
The only exception is if an individual contacting YLI is in immediate danger and they decide that life-saving emergency medical support is needed.
Who answers Your Life Iowa calls, text, chats and emails?
YLI is staffed 24/7/365 with trained, professional counselors who are experienced in helping people with many different types of concerns and questions. They will listen, provide immediate and confidential support, and help guide you to on-going resources, if desired.
Is this the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline?
YLI is proud to be part of a network of crisis support services across Iowa, including the 988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline. We focus on several topic areas (gambling, mental health, substance use, suicide and related concerns) to provide a wide array of support for anyone in Iowa.
Encouragement. One Text at a time.
You can never have too much support. Especially when you’re facing a problem with alcohol or drug use, gambling, suicidal thoughts or mental health challenges. That’s why Your Life Iowa created our supportive text messaging program. So you can sign up to receive messages designed to provide you encouragement, no matter what you may be facing.
Not finding what you’re looking for?
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.
Would you like a YLI specialist to contact you?
Fill out a simple contact form and a YLI specialist will reach out to you.
Looking for support for family or friends?
Find out how Your Life Iowa can provide support for them - and you.