Author, Christa Poggemiller, Des Moines County Public Health
Published 11:06 a.m. CT April 29, 2022 on The Hawkeye

Mental illness affects millions of Americans each year, but people with mental illness often do not seek out services due to the fear of stigma or not knowing where and how to access services.

They may find mental illness hard to talk about or even fear being shamed or judged. COVID-19 also may have been a contributing factor preventing people from seeking the necessary resources for their mental health or even contributing to their mental illness.

Mental illness affects one in five people, while serious mental illness affects one in 20.

Suicidal thoughts, much like mental health conditions, can affect anyone regardless of age, gender or background.

In fact, suicide is often the result of an untreated mental health condition. Suicidal thoughts, although common, should not be considered normal and often may indicate more serious issues.

May is Mental Health Awareness month and a good opportunity to start some of those conversations with your healthcare provider, your family, or friends.

Knowing where to seek mental health services can also be a challenge.

There are a number of services offered through Des Moines County and can be accessed by contacting the Disability Services office at (319) 754-8556 or accessed directly by contacting Counseling Associates IHH.