Wednesday, September 21, 2011

New Foundation Aims to Launch Suicide Prevention Hot Line

Posted By on Wed, Sep 21, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Facing the nation's 11th highest suicide rate, Idaho still doesn't have a suicide prevention hot line. But a new foundation, named in memory of Jeret "Speedy" Peterson, wants to change that.

The Speedy Foundation aims to raise $93,000 for first-year operating funds for the hot line; $127,000 will be needed annually thereafter.

"Jeret's tragic death has shined a powerful spotlight on the lack of sufficient mental-illness resources in Idaho," said Boise Mayor Dave Bieter this morning at the foundation's launch.

Peterson died July 25 from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

"I commend the Speedy Foundation for coming together so quickly and turning their grief toward this new effort," said Bieter, who also issued a procalmation declaring today as Suicide Prevention Awareness Day in Boise.

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