Governor Terry Branstad announced a new website and hotline to help Iowa’s youth. The governor, along with the state’s educators, students and community leaders gathered together Tuesday to talk about bullying prevention. “Bullying is not just an issue, it’s an epidemic that goes beyond any one school or one district,” said Paul Gausman, superintendent of the Sioux City Schools during his keynote speech.
The website, Your Life Iowa, will be staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week with counselors trained to give guidance to bullied and suicidal youth. Teens can access help in identifying and dealing with bullying and suicide concerns as well as access an online chat to talk with counselors. Adults who are confronted with these issues will find information and resources to help address bullying and suicide prevention. Help is also available 24/7 by calling 1-855-581-8111.
“Be an instrument for change, help our children feel safe, and use the information you gather here today as your charge to improve the lives of students for the better,” Governor Branstad challenged his audience.