Local organization aims to assist with mental health in Southeast Iowa

Published: Aug. 30, 2021 at 9:21 PM CDT
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OTTUMWA, Iowa (KYOU) - Stress can become overbearing and the ongoing concerns about COVID doesn’t help. Being mentally healthy can be difficult, but you don’t have to do it alone. There is help in Ottumwa at the Southern Iowa Mental Health Center Crisis Unit.

Kristi McDonough is a registered nurse and crisis service team lead at the center. She says the center is geared towards the recovery and overall well-being of others.

“When a patient comes in they are evaluated by a mental health professional,” says McDonough.

One thing that is focused on at the unit is getting patents into a routine. McDonough says, “Showering every day, brushing your teeth every day, taking your medications every day,” is important. These simple tasks are a road map to recovery for most patients.

Even though routine can help, other patients might find it difficult to achieve success and need their treatment to last longer. For the patients that need more treatment, the Crisis Unit has the time and resources for those patients.

“We have lots of success stories of patients we have seen over and over and we get them connected to those resources they just thrive,” says McDonough.

For anyone who wants to help a family member or friend with mental illness, but needs to be educated, the center offers classes to provide the resources you may need.

You can find more resources on the Southern Iowa Mental Health Center website.

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