Here to help: Iowa State’s mental health organizations and resources


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Erin Pederson, staff psychologist of Student Counselling Services, poses for a portrait in the Student Services building on Iowa State’s campus.

Emma Toms

Iowa State’s campus does have resources for people to take advantage of if they are in need of mental health support. There are both counseling services and clubs on campus that are here to help people and listen.

Student Counseling Services

Counseling services are offered Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the third floor of the Student Services Building. In addition to those hours, Student Counseling Services also offers the “Let’s Talk” program, a time for people to go in and talk to someone without an appointment Monday through Thursday in Reflection Room #1 in the Memorial Union.

Students can go in between noon and 2 p.m. Mondays and Thursdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays  and 10 a.m. to noon on Wednesdays.

Crisis Counseling

Crisis counseling is also available 24/7 through Student Counseling Services. People can text Iowa State’s Crisis Text Line at 741-741 if they find themselves in a crisis situation after counseling hours or over the weekend. The ISU Police Department can be contacted at 515-294-4428 for non-emergencies and the Ames Police Department can be contacted at 515-239-5133 for non-emergencies. If there is an emergency, 911 is the number to call.

Students can also call the National Suicide Hotline at 1-800-273-8255 if they need to talk to someone regarding information on self-help, coping skills or mental health education for themselves or for a friend who is in need.

Mary Greeley Medical Center also provides 24-hour medical care.

ISU Police

ISU Police Chief Michael Newton said sexual assaults on campus happen and they can take a toll on students, and students do not always report them when they happen. However, Newton said ISU Police is glad students who have been sexually assaulted are comfortable to report them to the police. ISU Police also just launched their “We Care; Please Tell Us” campaign, which emphasizes reporting crimes of all kinds when they happen.


There are also clubs that people can get involved in which help end the stigma of mental illness and help people connect with others who are going through similar things.

NAMI on Campus is Iowa State’s chapter of the National Alliance on Mental Illness, and aims to help end the stigma of mental health.

To Write Love on Her Arms is a nonprofit organization that aims to educate and encourage members to invest in treatment and recovery from depression, anxiety or self-harm.

The Suicide Awareness Organization aims to break down the stigma around suicide, opting to provide members with alternatives to suicidal actions, holds events for mental health research and provides students with resources on campus to deal with suicidal thoughts or actions.