Idaho Kicks Off First Suicide Prevention Hotline Since 2006



Boise, Idaho (KBOI) For most people the holidays can be a joyful time of year, but for others it can be tough.

A suicide hotline is opening up in Idaho on Monday so people have a place to turn.

By Monday afternoon, Idaho will have its first suicide prevention hotline since 2006.

By having these services, locally trained volunteers will be able to help people get the services they need.

Idaho ranks 6th in the nation per capita for suicides and 284 happened in our state last year alone.

"They are a way for people to reach out that may not have other supports. They can get crisis intervention problem solving resources and referrals. We really want to help people before they get to that point where they are seriously at risk for a suicide," John Reusser, Executive Director, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

The hotline will be staffed Monday through Thursday from nine to five when it first opens, but organizers hope to have local 24 hour service after their first year.

Anyone who calls the hotline will always have someone who answers, but they might not be from the Boise office.

This service will be available to everyone around the state, and the local database has access to resources the national hotline does not.

It officially goes online at 1 p.m.

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