Bullying, suicide prevention hotline now available
DES MOINES (AP) — Iowa has launched a new program to help children, parents, school workers and others get help in preventing bullying and youth suicides.
Gov. Terry Branstad announced the program called Your Life Iowa Tuesday at his Bullying Prevention Summit in Des Moines.
The Iowa Department of Public Health has set up Your Life Iowa in partnership with other organizations, including the Iowa Education Department.
The service is available by phone or text at 855-581-8111. Counselors will be able to answer questions and provide critical help to young people who are considering suicide rather than face more bullying.