You may also follow the links below to find useful information about various health-related topics.
For trustworthy medical information, including symptoms, diseases, explanations of procedures and possible treatment options:
For Cancer information from types of cancers to current testing guidelines, treatment options and support groups from the American Cancer Society:
Heart-related information, such as signs of a heart attack and stroke as well as healthy living ideas, from the American Heart Association:
Information on mental health conditions, treatment, and support.
How to help someone who is suicidal…
- Be direct. Talk openly and matter-of-factly about suicide.
- Be willing to listen. Allow expression of feelings. Accept the feelings.
- Be non-judgmental. Don’t debate whether suicide is right or wrong, or whether feelings are good or bad. Don’t lecture on the value of life.
- Get involved. Become available. Show interest and support.
- Don’t dare him or her to do it.
- Don’t act shocked. This will put distance between you.
- Don’t be sworn to secrecy. Seek support.
- Offer hope that alternatives are available but do not offer glib reassurance.
- Take action. Remove means, such as firearms or stockpiled pills.
How to get help…
There are several state and national resources for those contemplating suicide, as well as resources for family or friends who may be concerned about a loved one.
Your Iowa Life – call 855-581-8111 or text 855-895-8398 for free 24/7 confidential support. The lifeline is answered by Iowans. Other resources are available online at yourlifeiowa.org. There is also a chat function on the website.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline – 800-273-TALK (8255). The lifeline is answered by someone at a crisis center closest to your location. Other resources are available online at suicidepreventionlifeline.org.
Crisis Text Line – Text HOME to 741741 for free 24/7 crisis support.
Central Iowa Crisis Line – Call 844-258-8858 for 24/7 help in Iowa’s 10 central counties. Information is also available online at www.cicsmhds.org.