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Iowa Department of Public Health receives $3.5 million suicide prevention grant

MGN Online

The Iowa Department of Public Health is the recipient of millions of dollars in grant money to help suicide prevention efforts in the state.

The $3.5 million grant spread over five years will be used to implement the “Zero Suicide” model across Iowa. The state is partnering with Foundation 2, IDPH’s contractor for the Your Life Iowa helpline, and with treatment programs across the state to ensure all 99 counties are represented. Foundation 2 answers Your Life Iowa calls, texts and chats for the state.

The purpose of this program is to implement suicide prevention and intervention programs that are designed to raise awareness of suicide, establish referral processes, and improve care and outcomes for individuals who are at risk of suicide. In addition, the state will contract with Foundation 2 to provide training and technical assistance in support of Zero Suicide strategic plans, including Suicide Care Management plans and follow-ups.

According to IDPH, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Iowans ages 15 through 34, and the ninth leading cause of death overall in Iowa. 433 Iowans died by suicide in 2017.

If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned about someone else, please contact Your Life Iowa by calling (855) 581-8111, texting (855) 895-8398 or using the online chat function at https://yourlifeiowa.org/. For more information about Zero Suicide, visit http://zerosuicide.sprc.org/.

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