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106 South Booth
Anamosa, Iowa 52205
(319) 462-2187
(888) 400-6302 (Families Only)
Iowa Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health
Children’s Mental Health Week PDF Print E-mail

Children’s Mental Health Matters!

Children’s Mental Health Week

May 3-9th, 2015

Join us this year and wear a green ribbon! It brings awareness to the needs of children with emotional, behavioral, mental and social disabilities and their families across Iowa.

Why Green?

In the 1800s the color green was used to brand people who were labeled “insane.”   The children’s mental health community decided to continue using the color green, but with a completely different focus. Green signifies new life, new growth, and new beginnings. Therefore, we wear the green ribbon to raise public awareness, better the lives of children with serious emotional disorders and show our support of these children and their families.



Did you know?

---it has been estimated that almost 21 percent of U.S. children ages 9 to 17 have a diagnosable mental or addictive disorder associated with at least minimum impairment.

---of these children, less than one in five receive needed treatment.

---suicide is the third leading cause of death of youth aged 15 to 24 in the United States.

---eating disorders can be fatal if left untreated.

Did you know?

---with early detection and appropriate treatment, chances are excellent that most children with mental health needs can recover and lead healthy lives.

---the treatment success rate for children’s mental health disorders is 80%.

Did you know?

---seventy–four percent of students who drop out of school and who are categorized as seriously emotionally disabled are arrested within five years of dropping out.

---a student who drops out of school is more likely to go to prison than a smoker is likely to get cancer.



Stigma is not just the use of the wrong word or action. Stigma is about disrespect. It is the use of negative labels to identify a child living with mental health needs. Stigma is a barrier and discourages families from getting the help they need due to the fear of being discriminated against.

Do you know that Stigma:

  • Results in inadequate insurance coverage for mental health services?
  • Results in fear, mistrust, and violence against families and children living with mental health needs?
  • Results in families and friends turning their backs on people with mental health needs?
  • Keeps people from getting needed mental health services and that people would rather tell employers they have committed a petty crime and were in jail, than admit to being in a psychiatric hospital?

Anti-Stigma Dos & Don’ts:


•  Do use respectful language that puts the child first, such as:

-- Child with emotional, behavioral, or social needs

-- Child who has schizophrenia

-- Child with special mental health needs

-- Child who has bipolar disorder

•  Do emphasize abilities and strengths, not limitations.

•  Do tell someone if they express a stigmatizing attitude.


•  Don’t portray successful children with disabilities as super human.

•  Don’t use generic labels such as retarded, or the mentally ill.

•  Don’t use terms like crazy, lunatic, manic-depressive, slow functioning, or normal.


  • Every child's mental health is important.  Many children have mental health problems.
  • These problems are real, painful, and can be severe.
  • Mental health problems can be recognized and successfully treated.
  • By working together, caring families and communities can help.

Information on this sheet adopted from a publication of National Mental Health Services Knowledge Exchange Network www.mentalhealth.org

Announcing New Bullying Conference Calls PDF Print E-mail

IFFCMH is proud to partner with BULLY Project Iowa to present monthly youth specific and parent specific conference calls regarding bullying. The youth specific call will take place on the 3rd Monday of each month at 7 pm and the parent specific call will take place on the 3rd Thursday of each month.  The first calls will take place on Monday, November 18th and Thursday, November 21st respectively. These calls will be supervised and monitored by The Director of Iowa Federation of Families for Children's Mental Health, Lori Reynolds and Tania McAtee- Regional Leader of The BULLY Project Iowa and Founder of 'Tipton Against Kids Being Bullied'.This call is designed to allow youth and parents to talk about any concerns they may have with bullying or concerns related to bullying- no personal information will be allowed on the call, no last name or location of one another may be exchanged or said on the call.

If want to reach out to Lori or Tania, you may do so by private message on Facebook or email This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it . We ask that you share this conference call with friends, schools, teachers, groups or youth groups.

Please follow the call in instructions and please keep in mind that this call will be provided monthly at the same time on the 3rd Monday of each month! We are so excited to provide this opportunity to you all and the overall purpose is to allow a place where youth and parents can come talk about bullying. Always know we are here for you!

Conference Call # 1-267-507-0240 Conference Code #235289. This is 7:00 p.m. CENTRAL TIME ZONE and OPEN TO ALL!!


To link families to community, county and state partners for needed supports and services; and to promote systems change that will enable families to live in a safe, stable and respectful environment.

This mission will be accomplished by empowering families through:

  • Information Dissemination
  • Information and Referral Services
  • Mentoring
  • Advocacy Training
  • Educating Legislators
Bullying Conference Call Evaluation PDF Print E-mail

Recent participants of the Bullying conference calls please click here to complete the call evaluation.


Iowa Federation of Families for Children’s Mental Health is a 501c3 statewide advocacy organization working independently and collaboratively with our local community affiliates and the Federal level organization towards a seamless system of care.

We believe that families are "Multi-Stressed" -not dysfunctional... The focus of all services and supports should be on the family and child's strengths, not the flaws...planning of services should be a joint effort of family and professionals...parents know their children best!

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