A federal agency has given a $440,000 grant to the Iowa Department of Public Health to pay for suicide prevention efforts.
The state announced the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration awarded the three-year grant, which will be used to implement screening and assessment for suicide risk at public health-funded substance abuse treatment programs and some middle schools and high schools.
The money also will pay for a social media campaign to reach youth as well as an effort to increase referrals of people for help with substance abuse and co-occurring mental health issues.
The health department says 381 Iowa residents committed suicide in 2012.
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