Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Wells Fargo Donation Aimed At Restarting Suicide Hot Line

Posted By on Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 9:28 AM

Idaho, with a suicide rate that ranks fourth in the nation, is the only state in the nation without a nationally certified suicide prevention hot line. But in an effort to re-establish a hot line, Wells Fargo Bank stepped forward Tuesday with a $22,000 donation.

A recent study from the American Association of Suicidology said Idaho's 2009 suicide rate of 19.7 per 100,000 population was far higher than the national average of 12.0.

A coalition made up of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, the Suicide Prevention Action Network, Veterans Services Administration, Idaho State University and the Idaho National Guard have been working to re-establish an Idaho hot line, which has been closed since 2006 after loss of funding.

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