Thursday, April 2, 2015

Record Call Volume Triggers Need for More Volunteers at Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

Posted By on Thu, Apr 2, 2015 at 3:30 PM

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The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline received its highest-ever volume of calls during the first quarter of 2015.

"We had over 1,100 calls during the first quarter," John Reusser, director of Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline told Boise Weekly. "We're going up by about 20 percent each quarter."

More importantly, Reusser said, is that the hotline needs more volunteer phone responders for all shifts, particularly evenings and weekends. The next training class will begin Saturday, April 25 and anyone interested in helping out should attend one of two 90-minute information sessions, on Monday, April 6 and Monday, April 13, beginning at 6 p.m.

ISPH, which reopened in November 2012, reminds 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 Idaho.

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

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