Mental health and counseling services are available on the University of Iowa campus and in the Iowa City community:
University Counseling Service
UCS is the primary mental health agency for UI students.
Student Health Service/Health Iowa
SHS is a primary care facility with a team of dedicated medical and psychiatric health professionals.
Faculty & Staff Services/Employee Assistance Program
121-50 University Services Building
Faculty and Staff Services counselors help University employees cope with personal, family, and work-related problems. Most services are provided at no charge.
Mid-Eastern Iowa Community Mental Health Center
507 E. College St., Iowa City
319-338-78884 or 800-697-3165
A private, non-profit agency specializing in counseling and other mental health services.
Johnson County Crisis Center
1121 Gilbert Court, Iowa City
Crisis counseling, food bank and emergency assistance, and information and referral services are available. United Way and the Johnson County Department of Human Services have established a flood-relief fund and are contracting with the Crisis Center to provide financial assistance and case-management services for flood victims, beginning Monday, June 16. Contact the Crisis Center for more information.
Professionals with these organizations offer several key suggestions/reminders for dealing with the stress and anxiety:
- Reach out for help. Neighbors, friends, religious organizations and others can provide reassurance and support. University and community counseling professionals also are available.
- Express your feelings. It is normal to experience a wide range of emotions in crisis situations – from shock to anger to disbelief to despair. Don't hesitate to talk about your feelings with friends or family members.
- Take care of yourself. Remember to eat and rest over the coming days and weeks. It's important to maintain physical and mental stamina in order to cope with crisis situations.
- Stay informed. Follow the latest information from news media and other sources to stay abreast of current flooding conditions.
- Be aware of the emotional "warning signs." A downward emotional spiral or difficulty getting back to normal can be a sign that an individual is having trouble coping with the flooding disaster. Outbursts of anger, excessive alcohol or drug use or erratic behavior are other possible signals that may warrant medical attention or professional counseling services.
- Remember: You're not alone. During times of natural disasters, it can be helpful to recognize that friends, neighbors and colleagues also are facing extreme challenges. Helping others may also benefit one's own recovery and well-being.
For more information or an expert media source, contact Kathleen Staley, assistant director, University Counseling Service, University of Iowa or call 319-335-7294.
STORY SOURCE: University of Iowa Health Science Relations, 5139 Westlawn, Iowa City, Iowa 52242-1178
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