Download the free MHU app now to find local and national resources for mental health, substance abuse, crisis services and more.

​​If you feel you are in crisis right now, please call the Iowa Help Line 1-855-800-1239.

Stories of Hope and Recovery: Demi Lovato, featured on the MHU App, wants you to know that you can overcome and get through anything.
"I want you to know that you can overcome and get through anything." Demi Lovato shares a personal story of hope and recovery from mental health problems.

For additional stories about how others deal with mental illness, download the Mental Health & You app (MHU) at

Mental Health/Disability Services of the 

East Central Region (ECR)


​is a mobile app designed similar to the Mental Health First Aid model, but less lengthy and more easily accessible.

​The goal of MHU is to:

  • Educate the public about the signs and symptoms of mental illness
  • ​Provide linkages to local and national resources
  • ​Provide direct links to crisis hotlines and local 911 dispatch for crisis situations​​

One in five of us will suffer from some form of mental illness in our lifetime.

Yet, our society, which speaks openly about everything, is largely silent when it comes to mental illness.

​​Over 60% of those struggling with mental illness do not seek treatment.

​These illnesses cost our society billions of dollars in lost productivity.

Serious mental illnesses reduce life expectancy by 10 to 20 years, an analysis by Oxford University psychiatrists has shown – a loss of years that's equivalent to or worse than that for heavy smoking.

​There is serious stigma attached to mental illness. The CDC reports that only 25% of people with mental health issues feel that other people are compassionate and sympathetic toward them. Although one in four people have been affected by some form of mental illness, a lack of empathy and knowledge about it contributes to stigma associated with mental illness. People still don't understand that being diagnosed with a mental illness isn't something that is in their control - just like having cancer isn't in their control.