Resources & Blog

Mental Health Resources

The following resources and blog articles may be helpful to you while you wait for your appointment. Please remember help is always available.

911 Emergency

If you or someone you know is in crisis, please seek help immediately by dialing 911, available 24/7.

988 Suicide and Crisis Lifeline

If you or someone you know is experiencing suicidal thoughts, please dial 988 to reach the Suicide and Crisis Lifeline, available 24/7.

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

SAMHSA’s Behavioral Health Treatment Services Locator provides information for persons seeking treatment facilities for substance use/addiction and/or mental health problems.

Resources for Children & Families
Resources for Coping
Online Recovery Groups
Spiritual Resources

The Center Blog

June 2022 Pride Month Focus:

The powerful impacts of accepting versus rejecting parent behavior on their LGBTQ+ children’s health & well-being by Doug Aupperle, licensed psychologist It’s probably no surprise to anyone that parents have a profound impact on how their children develop, grow, and function in the world. However, research on the LGBTQ+ population has traditionally been scarce, and…

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Mental Health Advocacy Day at PCM

  Meet Trey Voeller, a junior at PCM (Prairie City Monroe) High School! Trey organized a Mental Health Advocacy Day at his school that included multiple speakers, over a dozen mental health organizations throughout Iowa, and the entirety of the student body. Staci Fosenburg, a psychologist from the Center and a graduate of PCM, hosted…

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Join us on June 16 for a reunion of past and present Center staff and training program participants! June 16, 5:30pm-9:00pm Raccoon River Park Nature Lodge 2500 Grand Ave, West Des Moines, IA 50265 Come when you can and stay as long as you like! You are welcome to bring a guest. Formal remarks will…

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Thank you to our 2022 Women Helping Women Sponsors and Leaders! as of 5/23/22 Leadership Sponsor – $5,000 Kathy Fehrman Susan and Carl Voss Sally Wallace   Supporting Sponsor – $2,500 Pamela Bass-Bookey and Harry Bookey Carol Bodensteiner Trudy Holman Hurd Todd and Sue Mattison Shirley Poertner Rachel Stauffer and Jim Lawson Marti Wade Wittern…

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Accepting new clients ages 5 and older for medication management services!

Immediate openings available for telehealth and in person appointments, including evening hours. Wenjing (Wendy) Cao is a board certified psychiatric mental health nurse practitioner who offers medication management services to children and adults. Wendy received her BS in nursing from the Ohio State University and later earned her master’s degree as a psychiatric mental health…

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Please join us in welcoming our newest Marketing and Communications Manager, Shannon Schott!

Shannon earned her undergraduate degree from the College of Saint Benedict in Minnesota with a double major in Peace and Conflict Studies and Theology. She began her career in the behavioral health field as a Prevention Specialist addressing substance use and addiction in central Iowa. She later led a local prevention education initiative focused on…

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11/4/2021 Why Get Vaccinated?

Why Get Vaccinated? Help us to help those we serve. Get vaccinated! Covid vaccinations continue to be in the news as we work together to face the challenges of this ongoing pandemic. We understand there are many sides to this issue, but we join with other health care organizations and public health experts to enjoin…

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2020 Annual Report

We gratefully acknowledge and thank all who so kindly contributed to the Center in 2020. This generosity brings hope and healing to children, teens and adults in need of high quality mental health services. VISIONARIES ($45,000+) Polk County Health Services CHAMPIONS ($25,000 – $44,999) Delta Dental of Iowa of Foundation DEFENDERS ($10,000 – $24,999) American…

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House File 802: If we don’t talk about injustice, all is right with the world

House File 802: If we don’t talk about injustice, all is right with the world Interview with Billie Wade, Guest Writer and PrairieFire graduate Interviewed by Terri Mork Speirs, Director of Community Relations August 2021 — This month we offer a different format to Billie’s blog. We have interviewed Billie to dig deeper into some…

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Chris’ blog – June 2021

Pastoral Care Specialist for The Generalist by Chris Waddle, Director of Leadership and Spiritual Life   June 2021 – In one of his lectures, Family Systems therapist, Rabbi Edwin Friedman recites an overwhelmingly long list of all of the ways psychotherapists can specialize: “It is possible today to become expert in thousands of emotional problems…

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