You don’t have to be suicidal to call the hotline; anyone is welcome to call!
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, a program of Jannus, is committed to the prevention of suicide in Idaho. The hotline provides crisis intervention, emotional support, resource referrals, linkages to local services, and follow-up for all Idahoans, including those at risk for suicide and their families and loved ones. ISPH listens supportively to callers, empowering them to look at options and come up with their own solutions.
Idaho Native and founding Director John Reusser, LCSW, began his career in crisis intervention as a volunteer at the Crisis Clinic of King County in Seattle, becoming a trainer, paid phone worker and phone room supervisor there before returning to Idaho to work on the Region IV IDHW Mobile Crisis Unit and in the St. Alphonsus emergency department. He is a member of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, a board member of the Livewilder Foundation, and Certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer.
Volunteer Coordinator Nina Leary was one of the original class of volunteers trained to become a crisis phone responder in November of 2012. Drawing from her experience as an outstanding phone worker, outreach representative and spokesperson for ISPH, Nina has now channeled her considerable energy into her role as Coordinator since November 2013 and is a certified ASIST Trainer.
Many organizations and individuals have contributed funding to support the Hotline’s mission of saving lives in Idaho. Significant funders & contributors include:
Idaho Division of Veteran’s Services
United Way (Kootenai County, Southeast Idaho, & Treasure Valley)
Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
Saint Alphonsus Health System
Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson Foundation
Ada County Paramedics Association
Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho
St. Luke’s Health System
JA and Kathryn Albertson’s Foundation
The Redside Foundation