Wednesday, December 4, 2013

Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline to Add Late Night Hours

Posted By on Wed, Dec 4, 2013 at 10:02 AM

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline—1-800-274-TALK—is edging closer to a 24/7 local presence.

Officials with the hotline announced this morning that they were continuing to expand their hours by adding two late-evening shifts to its current 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday through Friday hours. ISPH is adding Thursday and Friday 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. shifts in early 2014, once a new string of volunteers are trained.

Outside of ISPH local operating hours, calls to 1-800-273-TALK are answered by crisis centers in other states.

"We're excited to expand hours now as the holidays can be an especially difficult time for people," said hotline Executive Director John Reusser. "We remain ahead of schedule in progressing toward our goal of round-the-clock coverage before the end of next year."

Officials with ISPH, which reopened in November 2012, remind us that Idaho has the sixth-highest suicide rate in the United States and suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in the U.S.

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