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December 02, 2016

Suicide in Idaho

Welcome to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Council webpage. The Council recognizes that suicide is a tragic loss for family and friends, communities and the state of Idaho. Idaho consistently ranks in the top 10 for overall suicides and for teen suicides. In 2014, Idaho lost 320 people to suicide, creating a rate of 19.6 deaths per 100,000 population. Suicide loss extends well beyond the suicide victims. Typically, at least 20 friends and family members are seriously impacted by each suicide, often becoming at-risk for suicide themselves.

One important step that anyone can take to help prevent suicide is learning to recognize the warning signs for suicide.

Warning Signs

There are warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater when these indicators are new or increased. The risk for suicide is also greater if the following signs are linked to a painful or stressful event, or loss.

  • Talking about wanting to die or committing suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online, stockpiling pills or purchasing a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Nightmares
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Increased aggression, anger or irritability
  • Change in sleeping habits - too much sleep or too little sleep
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Extreme mood swings

Special Topics in Suicide and Suicide Prevention

Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention Meeting Materials