This Is Suicide Prevention Week

Iowa Department of Public Health IDPHNorthwest Iowa —  This week, September 5th through 11th, has been designated as Suicide Prevention Week in Iowa.

Iowa Department of Public Health, Suicide Prevention Program Coordinator Pat McGovern says there’s a simple goal.

Health Department statistics show suicide is the tenth leading cause of death for all Iowans and the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24 year-olds and those ages 25 to 44. McGovern says you can help prevent a suicide by reaching out to friends, family and co-workers. He says it’s not always easy.

He says it is important to take action regardless of the relationship.

McGovern says asking someone about the issue could start a conversation that lets them know there is help available.

McGovern says there are often signs that someone is considering suicide.

For more information about how to help someone, visit the Iowa Department of Public Health’s website at:

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