MENTAL HEALTH

If you or someone you care about needs help or is in a crisis, here are some helpful phone numbers to call or text and websites to visit, whether in Iowa or anywhere else in the country. ...

Do you have a crushing problem looming over you? Maybe your finances are crumbling. Or, maybe you or one of your family members has a critical health problem. You've got to do something. ...

Is your partner stressing you out?

Thursday, December 03, 2020

The pandemic has changed our routines drastically in 2020. From so many canceled activities and vacations to children going to school online - and many adults working remotely, too. ...

For relationship advice during this trying year, we reached out to Katherine Shea, a psychiatric nurse practitioner with Abbe Center for Community Mental Health who also serves as vice president of National Alliance on Mental Illness-Linn County. ...

Feel less isolated by making connections

Thursday, December 03, 2020

If you're like most people, staying away from friends and family during the pandemic is getting tougher. We humans, by nature, are very social creatures. Relationships make us happy. ...

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has caused a lot of uncertainty and stress for students, teachers and parents alike. ...

For advice for parents and families dealing with the mental toll of 2020, we turned to Stephanie Neff, supervisor of wellness and community partnerships with the Cedar Rapids Community School District. ...

How to help kids get a good night's sleep

Wednesday, November 25, 2020

Q: My 9-year-old son has been having trouble sleeping ever since we began social distancing more due to the COVID-19 pandemic. While he goes to bed at a reasonable time, he doesn't seem to fall asleep until after midnight and often comes into my room to tell me he cannot sleep. I am wonder ...

First schools shut down in March to help mitigate the spread of the coronavirus. Then - as students waited for an uncertain return to learning - the derecho swept through Eastern Iowa with little warning, causing significant damage to neighborhoods, houses and school buildings themselves. ...

Even in a normal year, the holidays can be stressful, with the high expectations we place on ourselves to find the perfect gifts, plan the perfect meals and make everything merry and bright. ...

We talked to AARP to get advice on how Eastern Iowa families can figure out how to handle Thanksgiving and Christmas in this year of COVID. ...

Do you realize that giving to others can recharge your batteries? Giving something of yourself, when you feel exhausted and uninspired, will plug you into good energy. ...

Do you realize that how you behave affects your own mental health? Your actions, reactions, spoken opinions, and verbal limits you set with others create an inner climate in which you live. ...

When Iowa went into lockdown in March, food pickup and delivery became the new norm at grocery stores and restaurants. And grocery store employees became recognized as essential workers. ...

Police officers and firefighters are no strangers to dealing with high-stress situations on the job, but the pandemic has added a new level of complexity with social distancing and extra protective gear. ...

We asked EFR - Employee & Family Resources, an EAP (Employee Assistance Program) provider in Des Moines, for advice on how Eastern Iowa employees - and especially essential workers - can cope with the ongoing onslaught of stressors that just keep coming this year. ...

While many employees began working from the security of their homes in March, those workers deemed essential - including those in the health care, food and public safety sectors - were still physically reporting to their jobs, serving the community. ...

For thoughts on how to better handle all of the stress this year, we talked to Tammy Jacobs, the hotline coordinator for Iowa Concern, an outreach program of Iowa State University Extension and Outreach that provides 24-hour counseling over the phone, by live chat or email. ...

Here are some places to find mental health supportin Cedar Rapids, Iowa City and througout Iowa. ...

There's no question 2020 has been a year full of change and trauma. ...

Coping with uncertainty in the pandemic

Thursday, November 05, 2020

As it has become clear that the coronavirus pandemic is here for the foreseeable future, we're all learning to live in a cloud of uncertainty: When can we venture out safely? Visit loved ones? Pay our bills? Find a job? ...

Scroll to the bottom of this article for information on where to find and get help. ...

We asked AARP for its advice on how Eastern Iowa seniors, and their families, can deal with being apart so much this year. ...

If ever there were a time for people to know the important skills that make up what mental health experts refer to as 'psychological first aid,' a pandemic is it. Like regular first aid, PFA is a way of helping someone in pain - except rather than cleaning and bandaging a cut or applying i ...

It is now more than a month out from the Aug. 10 derecho that tore through homes and trees in Cedar Rapids and beyond. For some people, the trauma of that day may only now be catching up to them. ...