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Mental Health Guide: Home

A guide of mental health resources in the Quad Cities.

You Are Not Alone


Nearly 1 in 5 adult Americans experience a mental illness.

How Common are Mental Illnesses?

How common are mental illnesses?

Mental illnesses are among the most common health conditions in the United States.

  • More than 50% will be diagnosed with a mental illness or disorder at some point in their lifetime.
  • 1 in 5 Americans will experience a mental illness in a given year.
  • 1 in 5 children, either currently or at some point during their life, have had a seriously debilitating mental illness.
  • 1 in 25 Americans lives with a serious mental illness, such as schizophrenia, bipolar disorder, or major depression.

- Centers for Disease Control

Mental Health Change Over Time?

Can your mental health change over time?



A person’s mental health can change over time, depending on many factors. When a person has too many demands placed on them, it can exceed their resources and coping abilities. This affects their mental health. For example, if a person is stressed about their job, facing financial hardship, or caring for a sick relative, they may experience poor mental health.

Centers for Disease Control




Welcome to this guide on Mental Health in the Quad Cities. This guide contains information that should help you navigate the resources that are available in the Quad Cities. In this guide, you will find information about the types of mental illnesses, substance abuse, treatment, providers, suicide prevention, and organizations that offer support. Please note that information is always changing. The organizations and providers will always have the most up to date information. Hopefully, this guide can help you on your journey to wellness. As always, if you are experiencing a medical emergency, call 911.



Warning Signs

Common Warning Signs of Mental Illness

Eating or sleeping too much or too little

Pulling away from people and usual activities

Having low or no energy

Feeling numb or like nothing matters

Having unexplained aches and pains

Feeling helpless or hopeless

Smoking, drinking or using drugs more than usual

Feeling unusually confused, forgetful, on edge, angry, upset, worried, or scared

Yelling or fighting with family and friends

Experiencing severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships

Having persistent thoughts and memories you can't get out of your head

Hearing voices or believing things that are not true

Thinking of harming yourself or others

Inability to perform daily tasks like getting to work or school


Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration

What is Mental Health?


Mental health includes our emotional, psychological, and social well-being. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others, and make choices. Mental health is important at every stage of life, from childhood and adolescence through adulthood.

Over the course of your life, if you experience mental health problems, your thinking, mood, and behavior could be affected. Many factors contribute to mental health problems, including:

- Biological factors, such as genes or brain chemistry

- Life experiences, such as trauma or abuse

- Family history of mental health problems


Center for Disease Control

Mental Health & Wellness



Why is mental health important for overall health?

Mental and physical health are equally important components of overall health.  Mental illness, especially depression, increases the risk for many types of physical health problems, particularly long-lasting conditions like stroke, type 2 diabetes, and heart disease. Similarly, the presence of chronic conditions can increase the risk for mental illness.

Center for Disease Control