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Free COVID-related counseling services available through AbbeHealth and Hillcrest

CEDAR RAPIDS, Iowa (KWWL) — UnityPoint Health-AbbeHealth Services is partnering with Hillcrest Family Services in Dubuque to offer free mental health visits through a grant.

These sessions are now available to anyone having anxiety, insomnia, stress, relationship troubles or for those simply not feeling themselves due to the pandemic.

The sessions are being offered due to expanded funding from the CARES Act and Mental Health/Disability Services of the East Central Region of Iowa.

Before, this service was only reserved for teachers and school employees. Now, the grant is now open to all Benton, Buchanan, Bremer, Delaware, Dubuque, Iowa, Jones, Johnson and Linn counties, regardless of income.

The grant can cover five individual sessions (in-person or telehealth). Individuals will also have the option to join virtual support groups to talk with peers and provide mutual support.

"We are all feeling the increased stress brought on by this unwelcomed global pandemic,"

"Increased anxiety, uncertainties, stress and simply not feeling like yourself can have a negative impact on each of our lives. It’s important to talk through these stresses, and we are here to help."

Kathy Johnson, Executive Director of Abbe Center for Community Mental Health

Grant funds are available through June 2021. Contact the Abbe Center for Community Mental Health (319-398-3562) or Hillcrest Family Services at (563-207-5494).

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