The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, Book It Forward, and
AmeriCorps National are excited to have partnered with Boise High School art
teacher Melissa Thompson for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Bookmark Project.
Melissa asked her students to create artwork for bookmarks
to help raise awareness of suicide prevention in the state of Idaho. These
bookmarks will be distributed to school and public libraries, health and
community centers, and other key locations around the state.
The following student’s art was selected to be distributed on bookmarks in the spring of 2019: Julia Nixon, Grace Gaddis, Tess Kramer, Kendra McDaniel, Paloma Link, Iris Smith, Cedar Archibald, and Max Shores. Runners up: Gracie Hall, Katherine Taylor, Audrey Lin, Sophia Mullin, and Hallie Campbell.
The bookmarks are set to be released at the Boise High School 2019 Brave Together Summit on March 13th.
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Join the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline for a screening of THE S WORD
Your ticket price includes a networking hour with ISPH staff, vounteers, and your peers, appetizers, The S Word film screening, Q&A with film director via Skype, 2 CEU hours for social workers and counselors, and 2 CME hours for physicians.
See the trailer and more information on the film at THE S WORD official website.
Thursday, November 29th, 2018 in McCleary Hall at Saint Alphonsus Regional Medical Center, Boise Campus.
We are very happy to announce that ISPH has been chosen to receive the Health award from the Idaho Womens Charitable Foundation. Community support is vital to saving lives in Idaho. Thank you Idaho Womens Charitable Foundation!
2017 Pooled-Fund Grants Recipients
Cultural Arts Recipient
Boise Contemporary Theater: The MakeSpace Loft at BCT – $30,000 (1 year)
Lee Pesky Learning Center: Mental Health Support at Meridian Elementary – $25,000 (2 years)
Bee City USA: Garden City Pollinator Habitat – $21,500 (2 years)
You may or may not have heard some of the controversy about the Netflix series “13 Reasons Why”. This series has caught the attention of many mental health professionals nationwide. The purpose behind the book (which the Netflix series is based off) is to bring attention to suicide and have youth seek help if they have suicidal thoughts. It can be especially provoking for those already struggling with depression and other mental health issues. For resources, check out these links:
April 28, 2017, Def Jam rap artist Logic released a single from his upcoming album called “1-800-273-8255.” The song, which features Alessia Cara and Khalid, details the story of an individual in crisis who calls the Lifeline and finds hope and support. Alongside the song’s release, Logic’s team released several PSA-style videos sharing the stories of fans who were helped by Logic’s music and featuring the Lifeline logo and phone number.
Suicide Hotline reaches 4 year mark; adds combined crisis text & 208 area code number
Hotline celebrates 4 years of continuous operations; adds combined crisis text and local voice call number to better serve Idahoans
BOISE, ID. (December 5, 2016)
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) turned 4 years old on Saturday November 26, helping over 14,000 callers since launch and fielding 5,400 calls this year alone. When it launched in 2012, ISPH initially had just 18 trained volunteers, and operated Monday- Thursday from 9 am to 5 pm. It achieved 24/7 operations in 2014, and currently has 75 trained volunteers in service. Since launch, hotline volunteers have contributed over 40,500 hours of their time, representing an in-kind value of over $728,000. This year the State of Idaho committed to funding 60% of ongoing hotline operations. The remaining 40% comes from a diverse mix of funding partners and individual donors.
ISPH has launched a new local area code number: 208-398-HELP (4357) to supplement its existing National Suicide Prevention Lifeline Network (NSPL) number, 1-800-273- TALK (8255). This local area code number provides voice call response 24/7 and crisis text response between the hours of 3 pm and midnight, Monday- Friday The new number allows Idaho callers with out of state (non-208 area code) cell phones to dial ISPH directly. Currently, non-208 area code phone calls to ISPH through the National Lifeline Network are routed to the center in the Lifeline network associated with that area code. ISPH is working with the NSPL to ensure calls from Idaho’s new 986 area code will be routed to Idaho Responders as well. Says Director John Reusser, “We are grateful for the amazing support we’ve had since launch, and excited to be providing crisis text response to better reach young people in Idaho. Our additional number and text service will make it easier for all Idahoans to find a compassionate person when in need. Remember: You don’t have to be suicidal to contact the hotline, anyone in crisis is welcome to reach out.”
“I wanted to send my reflections on last night’s phone responder listening shift at the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH). I appreciated the volunteers’ willingness to let me observe their interaction with callers and to answer my questions. I realize from the few hours I spent that there is a lot to learn about how to effectively interact with callers. It takes patience, great listening skills, lots of resources, and a stockpile of good questions. I believe there is so much I can learn about empathy and patience from volunteering. Secondly, I love the fact that this group of volunteers, with various backgrounds, is taking time of out of their busy lives to help those in need. I noticed each volunteer serving at the Hotline feels passionately about suicide prevention, and that passion is reflected in the empathic way they interact with callers. I also learned about the power of listening and providing resources in order to save lives. While the volunteers answering the phones are not clinical professionals, they still have an incredible ability to help people. I cannot wait to begin volunteering as a crisis phone responder at ISPH and to learn all I can from the experience and look forward to supporting the cause of suicide prevention.”
ISPH receives generous support from Valley Office Systems
A million thanks to our friends at Valley Office Systems for their generous in kind support in meeting the Hotline’s need for a an effective affordable copying /printing solution. Their team has been so friendly and helpful every step of the way. We highly recommend them!