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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 the 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.

COVID-19 Support Resources

Raising Healthy Dragons Webinars

Please Pass The Love-Resources for Schools, Students and Families

Talking to Children about the Corona Virus – Centers for Disease Control

Supporting Kids and Teens through the Corona Virus Pandemic MGH Clay Center for Healthy Mind

Telehealth Mental Health Service Providers (accepting new patients)

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 in Des Moines will be open 10 a.m. to 8 p.m., 7 days a week.

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: 1-800-273-TALK (8255) Website
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

Counseling Center at Youth Homes Student and Employee Assistance Program:  515-587-1735 or email
The Counseling Center at Youth Homes employee and student assistance program is confidential and provides caring help for students experiencing personal and/or family problems. The program provides a choice of options in a private and relaxed atmosphere. The Counseling Center at Youth Homes 515-587-1735 phone is answered 24 hours a day

Substance Abuse Services
Children and Families of Iowa Cornerstone Recovery; PH: 515.697.7916

PACE Juvenile Center

PH: 515.246.3514

Mercy First Seep
PH: 515-271-6075

The Counseling Center at Youth Homes
PH: 515-587-1735

Iowa Lutheran Access Center 515.263.5120

Mercy Behavioral Health Services 271-6111

Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255

Youth Emergency Services Shelter 515-282-9377

Domestic Violence Hotline 515-243-6147

Grief Support Resources

Hamilton’s Academy of Grief and Loss 

Mental Health Counseling Agencies

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
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.
PH: 515-237-5045 or email
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Child Guidance Center/Orchard Place
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.
PH: 515.244.3761

Children and Families of Iowa
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.
PH: 515.288.1981

Compass Clinical Associates
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.
PH: 515.270.1344

Kavalier and Associates
Kavalier and Associates has been serving the West Des Moines community with compassionate, expert psychiatric care for over 20 years.
PH: 515.267.1003

Counseling Center At Youth Homes
Youth Homes’ Counseling Center offers therapy services to youth and their family members. The Counseling Center serves the entire Des Moines metro area and beyond as it is located conveniently in Johnston, Iowa
PH: 515.421.4030

Child Psychiatry and Associates
Child Psychiatry Associates provides a full spectrum of services ranging from psychiatric evaluation to psychological testing to counseling.
PH: 515.288.5570

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.
PH: 515.255.8399

515 Therapy and Consulting
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.
PH: 515.401.1010

Unity Point Counseling and Psychiatry
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.
PH: 515.241.2300

Family Legacy Counseling
Professional Mental Health Care Serving Central Iowa through individual, couple, family and child therapy.
PH: 515.727.1388

Des Moines Pastoral Counseling
Founded in 1972, the Des Moines Pastoral Counseling Center brings understanding, hope, and healing to people of all ages through counseling and education.
PH: 515.274.4006

Online Resources

Help Guide-resources about mental health and well being

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.