Effort addresses a mental health crisis among Iowa’s youth

Via Peters

New effort addresses a mental health crisis among Iowa’s youth



BUSINESS OWNERS INVOLVED TO HE.LP CYNTHIA? CYNTHIA: STACEY AND STEVE MINDSPRING MENTAL HEALTH , ALLIANCE CALLS THIS HEARTBREAKING. SO FAR THIS YEAR, RIGHT HERE, POLK COUNTY HAS SEEN A SRPHA INCREASE IN SUICIDES AMONG THE VERY YOU.NG >> MY PHONE IS RINGING OFF THE HOOK WITH YOUNG PEOPLE DYING BY SUICIDE AS YOUNG AS FIFTH GRE.AD THIS IS A MASSIVE CRISIS THROUGHOUT OUR COMMUNI.TY CYNTHIA: AS EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF PLEASE “PASS THE LO,”VE JENNIFER ULIE-WELLS IS TRYING TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE CRISIS. SINCE COVID, YOUNGER CHILDREN SUFFERING FROM ANXIETY AND DEPRESSION ARE TAKING THEIR LIVES. >> PEOPLE HAVE TO BE ALARMED THAT NORMALLY IN THE SPRINISG WHEN WE SEE OUR HIGHEST RATES OF SUICIDE ANYWAY. AND ‘W’RE ALREADY ANECDOTALLY SEEING DOUBLE, SOMETIMES, IN SOME CASES, DOUBLE WHAT WE’VE SEEN IN THE PAST. THIS IS A RECIPE FOR DISASTER. CYNTHIA: PK OLUNCOTY HEALTH SERVICES SAYS ON AVERAGE THEY SEE 7 SUICIDES IN JANUARY. THIS YEAR, THERE WERE 13, INCLUDING 4 CHILDR.EN >> WE HAD SOMEBODY 10-YEARS-OLD KILL THEMSELF. HWEAD TWO 12-YEAR-OLDS, A 13-YEAR-OLD AND A 16-YEAR-DOL BETWEEN MID-DECEMBER AND THE END OF JANUARY. AND JUST THIS WEEK, WE HAD A -Y17R-EAOLD. CYNTHIA: THE GROUP PLEASE “PASS THE LOVE” IS NOW PRINTING THOUSANDS OF CRISIS STICKERS FOR BUSINESSES TO SPONSOR TO RCHEA OUT TO PARENTS IN THE WORKPLACE. THE “STICK WITH ME” CAMPAIGN POSTS THE NUMBER OF THE 2-1- CRISIS LINE THAT “YOUR LIFE IOWA” TO TEXT OR CHAT FOR HELP. >> HOW DO WE GET CRISIS STICKERS ACROSS THE STATEN I EVERY BATHROOM STALL IN EVERY BUSINESS, IN EVERY SCHOOL, SO THAT THOSE THAT ARE STRUGGNG QUICK AND EASY ACCESS TO HELP THAT IS REALLY GOING TO HELP THEM GET TO A BETTER PLACE? CYNTHIA: THEY HOPE TO WALLPAPER THE STATE WITH CRISIS INFORMATION. POLK COUNTY HEALTH SERVICES IS ALSO WORKING WITH COMMUNITY AGENCIES, HOSPITALS AND JUST THIS WEEK, MET WITH SCOLHO SUPERINTENDENTS IN THE METRO TO INFORM THEM OF SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS AND WHERE TTOURN FOR HELP. >> IF WE START TO NOTICE SOMEONE AROUND US SEEMS TO BE LOSING HOPE, THEY NEED TO BE CONNECTED TO SERVICES TO HEAL AND RECOVER. AND RECOVERY IS POLICY OF. THERE IS A COMMUNITY HERE TO HELP. CYNTHIA: THESE ARE A FEW OF THE SUICIDE WARNING SIGNS. TALKING ABOUT WANTING TO DIE OR KILL ONESELF. WITHDRAWING OR FEELING ISOLAD.TE SIGNS OF DEPRESSION. INCREASING USE OF ALCOHOL OR DRUGS. YOU CAN CALL FOR HELP. “YOUR LIFE IOW”A. DIAL 2-1-1 EXTENSION 8, OR YOU CAN GO TO YOURLIFEIOWA.ORG

New effort addresses a mental health crisis among Iowa’s youth

A new effort is focusing on addressing a mental health crisis in Iowa’s youth.Health officials said that, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa is seeing an increase in suicides. Recently, more children and young people have died by suicide.Please Pass the Love is a program in Iowa that focuses on increasing school mental health (SMH) supports. Their Stick By Me crisis sticker program is asking for businesses to help get crisis hotline stickers into every school and business.Jennifer Ulie-Wells, executive director of Please Pass the Love discusses the program, saying, “How do we get crisis stickers across the state in every bathroom stall, in every business, in every school, so that those that are struggling have access — quick and easy access — to help that’s really going to help get them to a better place?”KCCI’s Cynthia Fodor reports on a new effort to get business owners involved to help.If you or someone you know needs help, visit yourlifeiowa.org or call Your Life Iowa at 855-581-8111 or text at 855-895-8398.You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat online here.

A new effort is focusing on addressing a mental health crisis in Iowa’s youth.

Health officials said that, since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, Iowa is seeing an increase in suicides. Recently, more children and young people have died by suicide.

Please Pass the Love is a program in Iowa that focuses on increasing school mental health (SMH) supports. Their Stick By Me crisis sticker program is asking for businesses to help get crisis hotline stickers into every school and business.

Jennifer Ulie-Wells, executive director of Please Pass the Love discusses the program, saying, “How do we get crisis stickers across the state in every bathroom stall, in every business, in every school, so that those that are struggling have access — quick and easy access — to help that’s really going to help get them to a better place?”

KCCI’s Cynthia Fodor reports on a new effort to get business owners involved to help.

If you or someone you know needs help, visit yourlifeiowa.org or call Your Life Iowa at 855-581-8111 or text at 855-895-8398.

You can call the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-8255 or you can chat online here.

https://www.kcci.com/article/iowa-addressing-a-mental-health-crisis-among-iowas-youth-please-pass-the-love/39141143

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