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Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Receives $100,000 Grant from Idaho Division of Veterans Services


A large grant has moved the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline closer to sustained 24/7 operations.

The grant, totaling $100,000, comes from the Idaho Division of Veterans Services. According to ISPH, 23 percent of the hotline's calls in 2014 came from current and former members of the armed services and their families. IDVS also provided funds as part of ISPH's startup costs.

"The Division's gift demonstrate's Idaho's clear commitment to supporting our service members and their loved ones," wrote ISPH Director John Reusser in a press release. 

As part of the announcement of the grant, ISPH also indicated it seeks volunteers for phone responder training, which begins Saturday, Oct. 3. For more information, call 208-258-6992 or visit the hotline website.

In April, ISPH received its highest-ever call volume. At the time, the number of calls to the hotline was reportedly increasing by approximately 20 percent each quarter since its opening in November 2012

If you or someone you know is in emotional distress or suicidal crisis, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255).