Suicide Awareness

UCS Healthcare believes in a harm reduction model, which means we meet patients where they are, no matter what the situation may be. Sometimes, mental illness, the process of recovery and life’s trials can lead to suicidal thoughts or ideations. We are here for you no matter what. 

Our team recently received a grant from the Iowa Department of Public Health to implement Zero Suicide Academy. This program provides for a company wide survey to assess personal experience with suicide, comfort level of addressing suicide with others and training needs for an organization to help reduce suicide rates. It also provides funding for training of our entire agency and developing tools and resources for our team and our patients. 

TOOLS FOR SUICIDE PREVENTION

Establish a Safe Plan for you or your loved one. Creating a Safe Plan helps identify warning signs or triggers and provides steps you can take if you are having suicidal thoughts. Fill out a Safe Plan online and then email it to yourself, a trusted resource, family member or friend.

Smartphone apps: Utilize a smartphone app with resources and your Safe Plan so you have this important information at your fingertips. Here are three apps that can be helpful:

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

Need to talk to someone right now? Here are resources available nationally and locally.

More Local Resources

Youth Crisis Stabilization

Adult Crisis Stabilization