by Andrew Crisp
A statewide suicide prevention hot line launchs Monday, Nov. 26, years after the state became the only state in the nation without such a service. The hot line can be reached at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) and offers free, statewide service.
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will begin services after a 10 a.m. press conference on the Capitol steps.
Speakers include Meridian Sen. Marv Hagedorn; David Brasuell, administrator of the Idaho Division of Veteran’s Services; Landis Rossi, United Way executive committee member and Catholic Charities of Idaho executive director; Peter Wollheim, member of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Network and the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention; and Linda Peterson, mother of Jeret “Speedy” Peterson, and founder of the Speedy Foundation, established in Jeret’s honor.
The launch of the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline will mark the end of a six-year period in which Idaho was the only state in the nation without a certified suicide crisis hot line. By 2009, the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention said the Gem State's suicide rate was twice the national average.
In the Nov. 21 issue, Boise Weekly spoke with the organizers behind the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, and looked into the training necessary to get the hot line open.If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK.