ISPH Reaches 4 Year Mark, Adds Services

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.”


ISPH to Host Semicolon Tattoo Fundraiser

CONTACTS: John Reusser, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, jreusser@jannus.org Suicide Hotline Semicolon Tattoo Fundraiser September 7
$40.00 Tattoos to raise awareness & fight stigma
BOISE, ID. (August 10, 2016)
The Idaho Suicide Prevention- Hotline is sponsoring its second annual Semicolon Tattoo fundraiser event on Wednesday September 7 from noon until 9 pm at Resurrected Tattoo & Piercing, located at 610 N. Orchard in Boise. In writing, a semicolon represents a place where one could stop, but chooses to continue. As such, the semicolon has become a powerful symbol of mental health awareness, perseverance and anti-stigma. The cost of the tattoo is $40, with proceeds benefitting the Hotline. Artists from Resurrected will do semicolon tattoos in the size and location preferred by the customer. A food truck will be on-site in the evening so participants can buy a meal and celebrate their new tattoos.

ISPH Semicolon 2016 event press release


Employment Opportunity – Back Up Phone Room Supervisor

The Hotline Phone Room Supervisor is responsible for clinical decision-making, supervising volunteers in the phone room and professional consultation during assigned shifts. The Hotline Phone Room Supervisor will ensure the provision of consistent, quality, service by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) as Volunteer Phone Workers handle both incoming crisis calls and follow-up outcalls with persons in suicidal or other crises, and contribute to a phone room atmosphere that is professional, congenial and respectful, while adhering to ISPH policies, procedures and accreditation standards.
Backup/On Call Phone Room Supervisors will fill in for other supervisors for short (single shift) or longer periods of time (shifts for a week) with short or longer notice. The Hotline operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Backup supervisors will be asked to fill in for any shift on any day of the week and overnight. We are seeking two Backup Phone Room Supervisors.

 

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Suicide Prevention Plan, Hotline Win Funding in JFAC

Legislative budget writers overwhelmingly backed a budget for public health services under the state Department of Health & Welfare this morning that includes $971,100 in state funds and 4 new positions to carry out the state’s suicide prevention plan. It’s a long-sought move that includes a coordinated approach to suicide prevention in Idaho, from $223,000 a year in ongoing funding for the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline to funding for youth programming, a public awareness campaign, training and more.

Idaho had the 9th highest suicide rate in the country in 2014, 46 percent higher than the national average. Suicide was the 2nd leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34 and for males age 10-14 in 2014. In 2015, one in five Idaho youth attending public schools reported seriously considering suicide; 9.8 percent said they’d made at least one suicide attempt.

The budget, proposed by Sens. Dan Schmidt, D-Moscow, and Steve Bair, R-Blackfoot, passed on a 17-1 vote, with just Sen. Dean Mortimer, R-Idaho Falls, dissenting. The bill still needs passage in the House and Senate and the governor’s signature to become law, but budget bills rarely change once they’re set by the Joint Finance-Appropriations Committee. The budget shows a 14.5 percent increase in state funds, but just a 2.4 percent increase in total funds.

From The Spokesman Review


ISPH Hiring Phone Room Back Up Supervisor

Backup Phone Room Supervisor, Suicide Prevention Hotline, Boise, ID.  The Hotline Phone Room Supervisor is responsible for clinical decision-making, supervising volunteers in the phone room and professional consultation during assigned shifts. The Hotline Phone Room Supervisor will ensure the provision of consistent, quality, service by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH) as Volunteer Phone Workers handle both incoming crisis calls and follow-up outcalls with persons in suicidal or other crises, and contribute to a phone room atmosphere that is professional, congenial and respectful, while adhering to ISPH policies, procedures and accreditation standards. Backup/On Call Phone Room Supervisors will fill in for other supervisors for short (single shift) or longer periods of time (shifts for a week) with short or longer notice. The Hotline operates 24 hours per day, 7 days per week. Backup supervisors may be asked to fill in for any shift on any day of the week, especially weekends (Friday, Saturday, Sunday) and overnight.  This is a part-time position.

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ISPH Receives Grant from Idaho Division of Veteran’s Services

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACTS: John Reusser, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, jreusser@jannus.org
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Announces $100,000 Grant from Idaho Division of Veteran’s Services
Continued funding will help veterans and military families.
BOISE, ID. (September 1, 2015)
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK), the state’s only nationally accredited suicide prevention hotline and a program of Jannus (formerly Mountain States Group), is pleased to announce a $100,000 grant to the hotline. This generous gift is in addition to start-up funding and similar IDVS grants since launch, helping the hotline achieve and sustain 24/7 operations. Says hotline Director John Reusser, “In 2014 calls from veterans, National Guard members, active duty military and their families accounted for 23% of the hotline’s overall call volume. The Division’s gift demonstrates Idaho’s clear commitment to supporting our service members and their loved ones.” The hotline seeks volunteers for its next Phone Responder training which begins October 3rd. To get involved, call 258-6992 or visit idahosuicideprevention.org.