If you feel that you or someone you love is in danger:
Mental Health is a growing challenge in our community. Every 20 hours, someone takes their own life in our state, causing suicide to rank as the 9th leading cause of death in Iowa. Over 600,000 Iowans live with some form of mental illness, and about 37,000 Iowans are dealing with serious mental illness every day.
The impact of mental illness in our families and community is profound. To help change this, we must provide the same quality of care for those with mental illness as we do any other healthcare crisis.
Methodist Jennie Edmundson Hospital offers inpatient behavioral health services and specializes in treating psychiatric illness in patients with chemical dependency. Yet, these services are delivered from the oldest building on our campus, and the setting does not meet optimal standards for successful treatment.
We can, and we should do better.
We are reimagining our Behavioral Health Unit, raising funds to transform our existing Behavioral Health Unit into an exceptional environment for our patients.
The updated space will include patient, group, and family rooms and areas for extra-conventional therapies such as mediation, yoga, exercise, photography, and music. Designed through the lens of our patients and families, the team focused on the updates also involves experts who specialize in improving health care spaces to ensure the best possible care environment exists.
The Jennie Edmundson Foundation gave a lead gift of $250,000 to underwrite the initial stage of construction. You can help support the renovation of our Behavioral Health Unit into a space where the treatment team blends compassion and care with a nurturing environment, allowing patients to stabilize, develop insights into the recovery process, and transition back into the community.