Suicide deaths up 22 percent in Iowa

Published: Aug. 31, 2016 at 4:27 PM CDT
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Starting Monday, Iowa plans to put a renewed focus on preventing suicide in the state after seeing a 22 percent increase in suicide-related deaths.

New numbers from the Department of Public Health show 414 people died last year of suicide.

That's up 22 percent from 2014, when the number was 392.

If you go back ten years, the number was much lower - 331 deaths in 2005.

Governor Terry Branstad is planning to designate next week as "Suicide Prevention Week."

The state wants people to understand the signs and know how to get help.