Call or text 988 or chat 988lifeline.org for 24/7 access to trained crisis counselors who can help people experiencing mental health-related distress, thoughts of suicide, substance use crisis or any other kind of emotional distress.
Text "HOPELINE" to 741741 or go to https://centerforsuicideawareness.org/ for 24/7 free trained crisis counselors.
SAMHSA's National Helpline is a free, confidential, 24/7, 365-day-a-year treatment referral and information service (in English and Spanish) for individuals and families facing mental and/or substance use disorders.
The Trevor Lifeline
1-866-581-8111 (call 24/7)
855-895-TEXT(8398) (text 2pm-10pm)
An Iowa resource that provides 24/7 support via phone call, and support via text from 2-10 p.m. daily.
National Association of School Psychologists (NASP)
Protocols and Training Guidance Available
In 2018, the Iowa Legislature passed Senate File 2113 requiring protocols and school employee training relating to suicide prevention and postvention, identification of adverse childhood experiences, and strategies to mitigate toxic stress response. The requirements of Senate File 2113, Iowa Code 279.70 and Iowa Administrative Code 281-14.4 apply to all public school districts in Iowa. The school district’s board must require annual training by July 1, 2019. The trainings do not have to occur until after July 1, 2019, and must be provided annually. School districts have the authority to select the evidence-based, evidence-supported training that best meets the needs of their district.
Youth Mental Health First Aid
Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is an 8-hour course designed to teach parents, family members, teachers, school staff, neighbors, and other caring adults about (1) the unique risk factors and warning signs of mental health problems in adolescents, (2) the importance of early intervention, and (3) how to help an adolescent experiencing a mental health challenge or crisis. The course is focused on information participants can use to help youth ages 12-18. YMHFA an be taught in one 8-hour day or two 4-hour days.
For more information how your district or organization can receive training in YMHFA, contact:
Suicide Toolkits for Schools
Iowa Resources and Information
Resources about the Netflix series "13 Reasons Why"
From Suicide Prevention Organizations
- A Teachable Moment: using 13 Reasons Why to Initiate a Helpful Conversation about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health (AFSP/ASCA/NASP) (Webinar)
- Tips for Parents for Talking with their Children about 13 Reasons Why and Suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
- Briefing in Connection with the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
- 13 Reasons Why Talking Points (The Jed Foundation/Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)
From Other Mental Health/Professional Organizations
- 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: How School Counselors Can Help (American School Counselor Association)
- 13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
- 13 Ways to Continue the Conversation about 13 Reasons Why (Active Minds)