Mental health and suicide is a complex topic.
Each person is faced with different and unique mental health challenges, and develops individual coping and wellness mechanisms that fit their needs. Your Life Iowa is a resource to help you find what works for you and to support you in helping others you may be concerned about.
Take the myths and facts quiz to learn about some common perceptions around suicide. There are many risk and protective factors that affect suicide risk identified in the "Avoid Risks" section. See the self-care checklist for some suggestions on ways to promote mental health. These are just some suggestions; each person will have different self-care actions that work for them and may not work for others.