The Iowa Department of Public Health (IDPH) was recently awarded a $3.5 million grant to prevent suicide in Iowa.

The money will be used to implement the “Zero Suicide” model across the state.  The basis of the Zero Suicide model is that suicide deaths for individuals receiving treatment within health and behavioral health systems are preventable. Many times, suicidal individuals fall through the cracks, and there needs to be a system in place to close those gaps. For this to be done, suicide prevention must first be seen as a core responsibility of health care.

According to IDPH, suicide is the ninth leading cause of death in Iowa, but is the second leading cause of death for Iowans ages 15 through 34.  In 2017, 433 Iowans lost their lives to suicide. If you or someone you know is feeling suicidal, please contact Your Life Iowa at (855) 581-8111, or use their online chat function found at