Mountain States Group is excited to be managing the start-up and delivery of a Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho. Among states, Idaho is 6th highest in its suicide rate. Yet, it was the only state without an accredited suicide crisis line. The Hotline launched on November 26th, 2012 and is handling calls from throughout the state. The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is committed to the prevention of suicide in Idaho. The Hotline provides emotional support, risk assessment, crisis intervention, linkages to local services, and/or follow-up for persons with potential suicide risk factors, empowering callers to look at options and make their own decisions.
The Hotline will provide callers:
The Hotline’s current operational hours are Monday-Friday 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Outside those hours, all calls to the Hotline number 1-800-273-TALK (8255) are answered by other phone responders outside of Idaho.
The Hotline seeks volunteers willing to help others in their time of difficulty. We are looking for laypersons or professionals that are interested in volunteering their time to become trained crisis phone workers in a supportive, supervised, dedicated phone room model.
The Hotline’s next volunteer training cycle will take place in early 2014, with exact dates and times to be announced.
We are looking specifically for volunteers to work at the call center in Boise. We are asking for a 4.5 hour shift once a week, with a 1 year commitment. The hours will be Monday-Friday from 9am-9pm, with shifts being 9am-1:30pm, 1pm-5:30pm, and 5pm-9:30pm. For an application: ISPH Volunteer App August 2013
The basis for our volunteer training is the Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) course. It is the only research based, best practices suicide intervention model in the world, and it is taught worldwide. It is a two-day course, and can be emotionally challenging, but also very rewarding. If you have any questions about ASIST, please contact Sydney Young at 208-258-6990 or find more information at www.livingworks.net.
Dates: To Be Announced
There will be a probationary period. It is possible that a potential volunteer will not pass the training if we do not feel that she or he is prepared. Volunteers must be 21 years of age or older and must complete a background check (the inability to pass a background check does not mean automatic disqualification, applications will be discussed on a case by case basis if necessary).
Anyone can volunteer for the hotline, professional or concerned citizen. Our ideal volunteer will be empathetic, open-minded, non-judgmental, caring, accepting, respectful, understanding, flexible, a good listener and able to take direction.
Please email completed applications to firstname.lastname@example.org. You may also bring it to one of the information sessions, or send a paper copy to:
Mountain States Group c/o Nina Leary
1607 W. Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702
We have a limited number of spaces available, so if you are interested in volunteering, please let us know. Also, please include the date of the information session you will attend. If you are sure of your readiness to volunteer, you can also reserve a spot in the ASIST course.
**Please note that the ASIST course is two full consecutive days, and you must attend both days to volunteer.
Thank you for your time and consideration in volunteering.
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Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council supports the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline by creating this PSA – help spread the message!
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is coming into existence due to the efforts of many organizations. Key Hotline planners have included:
Many organizations and individuals have also contributed funding to the Hotline’s start-up. Significant funders include: