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Survey finds teen suicide risk up by 53 percent since 2012; 1 in 10 Iowa teens have suicide plan

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Published: Mar. 6, 2019 at 8:23 AM CST
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The number of Iowa teens with plans to kill themselves has increased by 53 percent since 2012, according to results from The Iowa Youth Survey released Tuesday by the Iowa Department of Public Health.

one in 10 participants has a suicide plan. One in 20 reported attempting suicide in the past year.

More than 70,000 Iowa students in grades six through 11 took the survey.

the Science Center of Iowa is hoping to tackle mental health issues with an exhibit that shows people what it's like to live with mental illness.

A portion of the exhibit lets visitors feel what it's like to speak one-on-one with people struggling with mental illness.

Organizers say the goal of the exhibit is to help those who aren't quite ready to share their story.