One in five Americans will experience a mental illness in their lifetime.

Raise awareness about the importance of good mental health.


  • Educate yourself about stress, depression, and addiction - common forms of mental illness.

  • Take a Mental Health First Aid or Youth Mental Health First Aid course.

  • Avoid labels and use respectful language when speaking of those with mental illness. ​            Live "stigma-free".

  • Be supportive of those who are dealing with mental illness themselves, or in their families.


  • Raise the topic of mental health issues with your primary care provider during your annual wellness checkup.

  • ​Talk to your elected officials about the importance of funding for mental health services.

How to Be Your Own Best Advocate:

A Guide on How to Navigate

Managed Care in Iowa

​​Data-Driven Justice Initiative
Discover how area law enforcement and service providers are utilizing new technology to provide better care to those suffering from mental health or substance abuse disorders.

Mental Health/Disability Services of the 

East Central Region (ECR)