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A Comprehensive Suicide Prevention Response for Iowa Agriculture


Iowa State University Extension and Outreach developed a comprehensive suicide prevention response to a series of agriculture related stressors, including the COVID-19 pandemic. This comprehensive package included the implementation of virtual Mental Health First Aid (MHFA), Question.Persuade.Refer. (QPR) and the enhancement of the Iowa Concern hotline. Implementation plans, funding, program execution, successes, lessons learned, and outcomes for each program response are reviewed.   

Problem Gambling & Suicide


Individuals negatively impacted due to their or a loved ones gambling are more likely than the general public, and even those with other addictive disorders, to contemplate and/or attempt suicide. Participants will learn about Iowa's Public Health approach to addressing Problem Gambling through prevention and treatment services.

How Collaborative Safety Planning Can Help Save Lives

Suicide safety plans are an important component in providing suicide safe care. Participants will learn how to use the evidence-based Stanley Brown safety plan template to conduct collaborative safety plans for individuals with thoughts of suicide. The presenter will share lessons learned from his many years of clinical experience and personal experience with suicide safety planning.

Suicide Prevention

Suicide is highly prevalent. Suicide presents a major challenge to public health in the United States and worldwide. It contributes to premature death, morbidity, lost productivity, and health care costs. During this session, we will explore what is effective suicide prevention and how we can work collaboratively to save lives and improve health of Iowans.

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Suicide Prevention: Working Together Webinar

Join us on Friday, April 3 for our monthly prevention webinar. Lori Reynolds, Suicide Prevention Outreach/Education Specialist for VA-Central Iowa Healthcare System will lead this webinar focused on suicide prevention. She will cover: suicide prevention information for prevention professionals, how the suicide prevention coalition project she is leading can interface with substance misuse prevention coalition work, and how the VA is working to reach veterans in Iowa with suicide prevention efforts.