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If someone is experiencing a mental health crisis, suicidal, expressing suicidal ideation, or is potentially a danger to themselves or others, please call 911 or take them to the nearest emergency department for evaluation.

This is not a conclusive list of mental health and well-being services available throughout the metro area. However, it can be used as a starting point to explore services and select one that is a good fit for your family.  Inclusion on this list does not mean the provider is endorsed by the Johnston Community School District.  Please contact the provider directly to answer your questions including insurance coverage and available services. Visit with the counselor at your child’s school for additional information regarding mental health support.

Raising Healthy Dragons Webinars

The Johnston Community School District contracts with Employee & Family Resources (EFR) for employee and student assistance. EFR provides master’s level therapists to help individuals manage a variety of issues so they and their families can be healthy and successful. SAP/EAP services are tailored to the needs of each individual and their family.

View the Student Assistance Program brochure

View Employee Assistance Program brochure

Download the Employee and Family Resources mobile app

Crisis Assistance

Always call 911 or go to the nearest emergency department if someone is actively suicidal, at risk of harming themselves or others, or expressing suicidal ideation.

Unity Point Behavioral Health Urgent Care
1250 East 9th Street
Des Moines, IA 50316
Phone: 515-263-2632
The Urgent Care clinic provides immediate walk in services to individuals who are needing mental health services, psychiatric evaluation and assessment, addiction medicine, crisis services and community resources.  This location will serve patients of all ages, children under 18 will need to have a guardian with them.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)
A 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With more than 130 crisis centers across the country, their mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential. From immediate suicidal crisis to information about mental health, crisis centers in our network are equipped to take a wide range of calls. Some of the reasons to call are listed below.

  • Call to speak with someone who cares
  • Call if you feel you might be in danger of hurting yourself
  • Call to find referrals to mental health services in your area
  • Call to speak to a crisis worker about someone you’re concerned about


Substance Abuse Services

Children & Families of Iowa
Cornerstone Recovery Center
501 SW Ankeny Rd
Ankeny, IA 50023
Phone: 515-697-7916
At Children & Families of Iowa (CFI), we address substance abuse by involving family and community in finding solutions tailored to each individual. Highly-trained substance abuse professionals help individuals and families develop goals, structure, and positive living environments necessary for success. All levels of care incorporate group, individual and family counseling; psychiatric care and medication management are offered as needed.
Children & Families of Iowa
Northside Family Services Center
2331 E 8th St
Des Moines, IA 50316
Phone: 515-697-7916
Orchard Place – PACE Center
Phone: 515-246-3514
PACE Center provides skill-building services for a diverse population of children, teens, and families struggling with mental health and/or substance abuse issues.
MercyOne Des Moines First Step Recovery

1750 48th Street Suite 2
Des Moines, IA 50310

Phone: 515-271-6075


Grief Support Resources

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief and Loss Death and grief are common human experiences, yet these experiences tend to be different for every individual. As a result, Hamilton’s Academy of Grief & Loss offers a wide variety of resources available to you and your family as you begin to work through your grief.


Mental Health Counseling Agencies

Broadlawns Medical Center Mental Health Services Broadlawns Medical Center offers the most comprehensive delivery system for mental health services in Central Iowa. Our professionals are dedicated to excellence, compassion and personalized care.
Catholic Charities Diocese of Des Moines Counseling Program
Phone: 515-237-5045
en Español: 515-237-5018
Our licensed, professional therapists work with clients of all faiths and backgrounds to address issues including depression, anxiety, stress, marital issues, relationship problems, child behavior problems, trauma, abuse, and more.
Orchard Place – Child Guidance Center
Phone: 515-244-3761
The Child Guidance Center is a federally accredited community mental health center for children and serves as a safety net service provider for children battling mental health disorders in Central Iowa.
Children & Families of Iowa
Phone: 515-288-1981
Children & Families of Iowa’s trauma-informed Mental Health Services offer support and understanding to people when they need it most. CFI helps children and adults make healthy, positive changes in their lives. Through family, couples and individual counseling, Children & Families of Iowa ensures that those in pain can find what they need to live a happy and healthy life.
Compass Clinical Associates
Phone: 515-270-1344
Welcome to Compass Clinical Associates. We believe that seeking mental health services should be easy. If you or a family member is struggling with depression, stress, anxiety, or other problems, help is available.
Kavalier and Associates
Phone: 515-267-1003
Kavalier and Associates has been serving the West Des Moines community with compassionate, expert psychiatric care for over 20 years.
Child Psychiatry Associates
Phone: 515-288-5570
Child Psychiatry Associates provides a full spectrum of services ranging from psychiatric evaluation to psychological testing to counseling.
Phone: 515-255-8399
LifeWorks provides therapy and other counseling services to clients in the Des Moines and surrounding communities. Our services are provided in a supportive and non-judgmental environment, honoring individual differences in the clients we serve.
515 Therapy & Counseling
Phone: 515-401-1010
Our caring and knowledgeable providers are available 5 days a week to deliver a variety of state-of-the-art therapeutic techniques and consultation designed to meet your needs.
Unity Point Counseling & Psychiatry
Phone: 515-241-2300
A staff of licensed psychologists, social workers, marriage and family therapists and board-certified psychiatric nurse practitioners provide a broad range of services to those in need. All staff members are licensed at the highest independent level of their profession.
Family Legacy Counseling
Phone: 515-727-1388
Professional Mental Health Care Serving Central Iowa through individual, couple, family and child therapy.
Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center
Phone: 515-274-4006
Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center brings understanding, hope, and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.


Online Resources

Help Guide HelpGuide is an independent nonprofit that provides free mental health education and support.
“A Friend Asks” App “A Friend Asks” is a FREE smart-phone app that helps provide the information, tools and resources to help a friend (or yourself) who may be struggling with thoughts of suicide.
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
Comprehensive website providing information about mental health and substance abuse prevention and treatment.


Additional Phone Numbers:

Suicide Prevention Lifeline
Phone: 1-800-273-8255

Domestic Violence Hotline
Phone: 515-243-6147

Iowa Lutheran Access Center
Phone: 515-263-5120

Mercy Behavioral Health Services
Phone: 515-271-6111

Youth Emergency Services Shelter
Phone: 515-282-9377