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A Look At The Physical And Mental Damage One Month After The 2020 Derecho

Uprooted tree in Linn County from the August 10, 2020 derecho.
Mark Vitosh
Iowa DNR
Uprooted tree in Linn County from the August 10, 2020 derecho.

On this edition of River to River, host Ben Kieffer speaks with Iowa Public Radio reporter Kate Payne for a recovery update from the August 10th derecho in one of the hardest hit areas – Linn County. Drew Martel, director of crisis mobility with Foundation 2 in Cedar Rapids, joins the conversation to speak about the anxiety, stress and depression many Iowans are facing during their recovery from the storm.


· Kate Payne, reporter, Iowa Public Radio
· Drew Martel, director, crisis mobility with Foundation 2, Cedar Rapids

If you are experiencing thoughts of suicide or are concerned about someone who is in mental health crisis, contact Your Life Iowa by calling (855) 581-8111 or text (855) 895-8398. If you are in mental health crisis and don't want to talk with someone but do feel like texting, text HOME to 741741.

The Iowa Department of Human Services COVID Recovery Programis offering counseling, referrals and other resources. Call the Iowa Concern line at (800) 447-1985. Language support is available for Spanish speakers. Call the Spanish Iowa Concern line at (631) 800-3687. If you are looking for Spanish speaking mental health counseling services in Iowa, find a list of providers here.

El programa de Recuperación COVID-19 del departamento de servicios humanos de Iowa está ofreciendo asesoramiento de salud mental y otros recursos. El soporte de idiomas está disponible para hablantes de español. Llame a la línea de Iowa en español al (631) 800-3687. Una lista completa de proveedores que habla español está aquí.

Stagnant crop prices, trade disputes and a lukewarm forecast for the next several years have left many farmers worried about what the future will bring. The Iowa Concern Hotline is a 24/7 free, confidential resource for anyone with concerns or questions about farm finances, crisis and disaster response and personal health issues. Call toll-free at (800) 447-1985.

If you are not in mental health crisis but just want someone to talk to, the Iowa Warm Line is an option for residents of Benton, Bremer, Buchanan, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Johnson, Jones, or Linn county. The warm line is a peer run, telephone based, non-crisis, confidential, listening line for anyone struggling with mental health or substance abuse issues. The Warm Line is staffed by people who have been through a similar journey and are in recovery themselves. Call toll free at (844) 775-9276 from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.

If you are in Linn County, Foundation 2 offers crisis counseling services. Call them at (319) 362-2174 for food, water, legal assistance and mental health support.

Ben Kieffer is the host of IPR's River to River
Matthew was a producer for IPR's River to River and Talk of Iowa