Friday, September 19, 2014

Idaho's Suicide Prevention Hotline Takes 3,000th Call

Posted By on Fri, Sep 19, 2014 at 10:57 AM

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline has taken its 3,000th call, and is also adding Friday and Saturday overnight shifts to accept calls from those in emotional distress.

According to a press release, the hotline reached 3,000 calls after launching in November, 2012. As part of its ongoing push toward 24/7 coverage, it's now recruiting responders for an October volunteer training class, and hopes to add Sunday days and Sunday-Thursday overnights in November.

Outside ISPH operating hours, calls to the hotline are answered by crisis centers in other states. Idaho's hotline offers callers emotional support, an assessment of suicide risk, crisis intervention, contacts to local services and follow-up for callers who show suicide risk factors. 

In July, the hotline received a $50,000 grant from the United Way of Treasure Valley's Vision Council to expand its services. 

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


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