The program hired its first staff in August 2016. Since that time the program:
- Provided funding to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
- Provided funding to the Idaho Lives Project for continued upstream suicide prevention efforts for Idaho’s
- Completed research and began planning for a
comprehensive, statewide public awareness campaign
- Conducted and reported on a survey of suicide prevention stakeholder groups in Idaho
- Worked closely with media in an attempt to provide for safe reporting on suicide
- Established and convened a suicide prevention stakeholder group to help increase collaboration
- Researched the Zero Suicide initiative
- Conducted trainings for behavioral health providers, hospitals, schools and law enforcement
- Convened meetings in northern and southwestern Idaho to increase and coordinate prevention efforts
- Provided administrative support to the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention
The program works under a set of Goals and Objectives each year that sets benchmarks for the program’s endeavors. It also uses a set of Targeted Suicide Prevention Strategies as a general guide. This set of strategies
was developed by key stakeholders in 2015 to help begin a more comprehensive approach to implementing the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan. Program priorities for 2016 and 2017 originate from this list.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357 (HELP) 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round and text support is available Monday-Friday, 3pm to Midnight.
National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK). Your call will be routed to a member of the Lifeline network based on your area code.