Mountain States Group is excited to be managing the 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.
Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Support and Follow Up
The Hotline provides callers:
The Hotline’s current operational hours are Monday-Friday 9 am to 1 am. 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.
Anyone over 21 years old can volunteer for the hotline, whether you are a 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.
The Hotline’s next volunteer training program will take place in August 2014, with exact dates listed on the website. Information sessions will be held in July with dates and times to be later announced. Detailed information and application can be found on the website.
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
Please see our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/IdahoSuicidePreventionVISIT WEBSITE
Download printable PDFs or email (email link below) for printed materials.
A. English and Spanish Posters.
B. Tri-fold Brochure and Refrigerator Magnet
C. Refrigerator Magnet
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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: