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U. Iowa grant project seeks to prevent suicide

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) - University of Iowa students and employees will have access to additional training and counseling under a federal grant designed to prevent suicides.

The university announced details Monday of a three-year, $271,000 grant, which is funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.

The project will be led by university counseling service director Sam Cochran.

One initiative will encourage students and faculty to go through a brief, online training that shows how to learn about identifying and approaching struggling students.

More in-depth training options will also be available, including a six-week program for students in which they can become part of a new support network.

The Crisis Center of Johnson County will also expand its Crisis Chat program, which allows community members to talk with trained counselors online.

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