If you are feeling suicidal or are concerned about someone else, please call the
Suicide Prevention Lifeline at (800) 273-TALK or go to http://www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org/.
Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Iowans ages 15-40. IDPH's suicide prevention program works with communities and related partners to provide information about signs and symptoms of depression and suicide, and develop suicide prevention strategies.
The program is funded through a federal grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Staff conducts training for community and school professionals on youth suicide risk and prevention strategies. The program analyzes vital statistics and population-based survey data, and supports community awareness activities.
Most people who are suicidal have some history of depression. Signs of depression may include:
Some signs of suicidal behavior are:
IDPH funds community programs to identify youth who are most at risk for suicide and provide assessment and referral for services. For more information, contact (515) 281-3763 or use the "Contact Us" page for additional information or assistance.