NEWS: Because of recent events, crisis phone services in Mandarin are being expanded. Please call The Crisis Center at 319-351-0140 to ask for a volunteer who speaks Chinese. We will do our best to connect you with a Chinese-speaking volunteer at that time.


What is Crisis Chat?

If you prefer typing to talking, use your computer to access this free instant-messaging service. offers online emotional support for anyone in need. When problems become too big to handle, simply click the language-specific button above to log on. You will be communicating with a specially-trained volunteer who will offer non-judgmental support and can provide additional resources to you. is free, confidential and secure. Let your fingers do the talking to find help in a difficult time. Click here to learn more about Crisis Chat in English.