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CICS Offers a Helping Hand During National Suicide Prevention Month


Jody Eaton

September is National Suicide Prevention Month, and CICS is here to offer resources and support for those in our communities who struggle with self-harm and suicidal ideation. Suicidal thoughts are like many other mental health struggles, afflicting people without regard for their age, gender, income or background. Suicide often leaves bereaved friends and family members wishing they’d seen the signs and been able to intervene. That’s why we’re joining mental healthcare providers across the country in marking National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month in September. During this time, we encourage everyone to share stories, resources and ideas so we can help vulnerable people get the help they need.

We can all help by reaching out to individuals who have been affected by suicide and ensuring individuals with suicidal ideation get connected to treatment services that can help save lives. If you know someone who self-harms or contemplates suicide, please, call the Central Iowa Crisis Line at 844-258-8858 and get them help. Together, we can all help prevent suicide.

Calendar of Events


September 18
PTSD Support Group for Women in Poweshiek County
Station Clubhouse
729 Pearl St.
Grinnell | 10:00 a.m.

September 20 – 21
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
American Legion Hall
Winterset | 9 – 1 p.m. each day

September 25
Story County Mental Health Expo 2018 with Keynote Speaker Joan Becker
ISU Memorial Union Great Hall
Ames | 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.

September 26
Cultural Competency Training
Warren County Public Health


October 2
PTSD Support Group for Women in Poweshiek County
Station Clubhouse
729 Pearl St.
Grinnell | 10:00 a.m.

October 3 and October 10
C3 De-Escalation Training
Warren County

October 4
What Every Parent Should Know — Issues that impact the lives of all students
Newton Senior High School
800 East 4th St. South
Newton | 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

October 9
Substance Abuse Training for Service Coordination
Story County Human Services Center

October 11
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Hamilton County

October 16
PTSD Support Group for Women in Poweshiek County
Station Clubhouse
729 Pearl St.
Grinnell | 10:00 a.m.

October 17
Educators and Mental Health Roundtable
Newton Community School District's Administration Building
1302 1st Ave. W
Newton | 10:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
RSVP by Oct. 1 to

October 16
PTSD Support Group for Women in Poweshiek County
Station Clubhouse
729 Pearl St.
Grinnell | 10:00 a.m.

October 17
Adult Mental Health First Aid Training
Greene County
Jefferson | 8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

October 24
Stepping Up Summit
Hy-Vee Hall
Des Moines


November 5 – 9
Crisis Intervention Training for Law Enforcement

November 6
Compassion Fatigue Training
CIT Training for Law Enforcement

November 20
Substance Abuse Training for Providers
TBD, Ames

By the Numbers

Over 44,000

Americans die by suicide each year.

One person dies,

on average, by suicide every 19 hours in Iowa.

10th leading cause

of death in the US, 9th in Iowa.

Suicide rates have

increased more than 30% in half of the states since 1999.

54% of people

who died by suicide did not have a known mental health condition.

Leading Factors of Suicidal Deaths:

42% - Relationship problems

29% - Crisis in either past 2 weeks or upcoming 2 weeks

28% - Problematic substance abuse

22% - Physical health problem

16% - Job or financial problem

9% - Criminal legal problem

4% - Loss of housing

*some had multiple circumstances

Attempted Suicides

There are an estimated 25 attempted suicides to one completion

More women than men report a history of attempted suicide, with a gender ratio of 3:1

Nearly 60 percent of people who attempt suicide die on their first attempt


What do you know about suicide?

Below are statements about suicide. Some are myths while others are true. How many you can identify correctly?

  1. ______ Suicide is the fifth leading cause of death among young people (ages 15-24) in the United States.

  2. ______ Among teenagers, more girls than boys try to kill themselves.

  3. ______ People who threaten to complete suicide rarely do so.

  4. ______ People who talk about suicide really want to die.

  5. ______ Talking to a troubled person about suicide will put ideas into that person’s head.

  6. ______ People who think about completing suicide usually give one or more warnings of their intention.

  7. ______ People who attempt suicide and survive are just seeking attention; they seldom ever try it again.

  8. ______ All acts of suicide are done on the spur of the moment, with no previous planning.

  9. ______ Troubled teenagers who drink or use drugs as an escape are less likely to complete suicide to escape from their problems.

  10. ______ Depression is the most basic predictor of suicide.

  11. ______ Once a person has survived a suicide attempt, he or she will never try again.

  12. ______ When a suicidal person’s depression improves and spirits lift, he or she is out of danger.

  13. ______ Once someone has decided on suicide there is no way to prevent the tragedy from taking place.

Answer Key

  1. False. Suicide is the third leading cause of death for adolescents, only behind homicides and accidents. For those ages 15-19, suicide is the second leading cause of death.

  2. True. More females attempt suicide, but more males complete suicide. Why? Because females tend to use less lethal means, such as pills or cutting, which allow for the “rescue factor”, while males tend to use more lethal means such as guns and hanging, which do not usually allow for the “rescue factor”

  3. False. 80% of people who complete suicide told at least one other person that they were thinking about it.

  4. False. People do not usually want to die, but they see no other options. It may seem like the only option they have left to make things better. Suicide is contemplated with a great deal of ambivalence.

  5. False. It’s highly unlikely that you will plant an idea into somebody’s head if you bring up the topic of suicide. However, if they have been thinking about it and you ask, it is likely to provide a great deal of relief to the person. Trying to avoid the topic will likely be embarrassing to the person and they will begin to feel guilty that they are having thoughts.

  6. True. 80% of people who complete suicide told at least one other person that they were thinking about it.

  7. False. With each attempt a person’s chance of completing suicide increases.

  8. False. While some acts of suicide are done impulsively (often under the influence of drugs or alcohol), the majority of suicides are attempted after planning and discussing their thoughts with others.

  9. False. Drugs and alcohol decrease a person’s inhibitions and increase a person’s impulsivity, increasing a person’s risk of suicide.

  10. False. While depression is a high indicator for suicide, the highest indicators are helplessness and hopelessness. Helplessness is when people feel that no matter what they do, their situation does not improve. Hopelessness is when people feel that there is no hope for improvement with their situation.

  11. False. With each attempt a person’s chance of completing suicide increases.

  12. False. Oftentimes, a person’s depression decreases and spirits lift once the person has made up their mind to complete suicide and they have their plan in place, almost as if a large burden has been lifted off of them.

  13. False. There is help available and it is important to intervene. Tell somebody and get help for the individual. A trained professional will be able to help the individual. Do not keep secrets. An angry friend is better than a dead friend.


Mental Health First Aid Training

Mental Health First Aid (MHFA) Training is been offered in the CICS region. This training is the help provided to a person developing a mental health problem or experiencing mental health crisis. Just as physical first aid is administered to an injured person before medical treatment can be obtained, MHFA is given until appropriate treatment is found or until the crisis is resolved.

The topics covered in this training include: Depression/Mood Disorders, Anxiety Disorders, Trauma, Psychosis, and Substance Abuse Disorders. MHFA teaches bout recovery and resiliency — the belief that individuals experiencing these challenges can and do get better and use their strengths to stay well.

Those taken this training will learn how to apply the MHFA action plan in a variety of situations, including when someone is experiencing:
  • Panic Attacks
  • Suicidal thoughts or behaviors
  • Non-suicidal self-injury
  • Acute psychosis (e.g., hallucinations or delusions)
  • Overdose or withdrawal from alcohol or drug use
  • Reaction to a traumatic event
For more information or when the next MHFA Training will be offered, please contact your local CICS office.


Provider Spotlight

Mid-Iowa Triumph

Mid-Iowa Triumph Center is a drop-in center for anyone 18 years or older who may be dealing with mental/emotional issues in Marshall County. They offer a safe and accepting place where peers can come be themselves and be with others who understand what it’s like to live with mental/emotional problems.

Activities they offer include: crafts, movies, peer and group support, recreational such as a pool table, ping pong, air hockey, games, cards and cooking classes. Trips to go bowling and visiting the Animal Rescue League. They also offer a free lunch which is very important because many of the people that come are on food stamps or between jobs. This is one participants do not have to worry about especially at the end of the month and having a meal together gives them a since of being part of a family and people do care about them.

For more information about the center and activities, call 641-351-8909.