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Iowa launches new bullying hotline.

The Iowa Department of Public Health launched a hotline in November to help youth experiencing bullying and considering suicide.

The "Your Life Iowa" campaign is available both via toll-free phone number and online at www.YourLifeIowa.org. Trained counselors can provide guidance and support about bullying and help to youth who are feeling hopeless.

"The hotline is another step toward building a healthier Iowa for our young people, but we are a long way from where we need to be," said Mariannette Miller-Meeks, MD, MEd, director of the Iowa Department of Health. "It will take sensitivity and awareness by all Iowans to end bullying and to provide the encouragement and support young people need to see beyond the immediate and tragically irreversible action of suicide."

The hotline is funded by the Iowa Department of Public Health in partnership with Boys Town, the State of Iowa Youth Advisory Council and the Iowa Department of Education Bullying Prevention, Intervention and Reporting Initiative.
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Title Annotation:STATES IN BRIEF
Author:Currie, Donya
Publication:The Nation's Health
Geographic Code:1U4IA
Date:Feb 1, 2013
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