This is Suicide Prevention Week and Pat McGovern, the Iowa Department of Public Health’s Suicide Prevention Program coordinator, says there’s a simple goal.
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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, but it’s not always easy.
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He says it is important to take action regardless of the relationship
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McGovern says asking someone about the issue could start a conversation that lets them know there is help available.
You can call the Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 800- 273-TALK or go to www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org.