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Additional ASIST Workshops open to the public

Additional ASIST Workshops open to the public!

Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) is a two-day interactive workshop in suicide first aid. ASIST teaches participants to recognize when someone may have thoughts of suicide and work with them to create a plan that will support their immediate safety. Although ASIST is widely used by healthcare providers, participants don’t need any formal training to attend the workshop—anyone 16 or older can learn and use the ASIST model. 14.5 CEU’s are provided upon completion for participants with relevant licensure.



Saturday July 22nd  and Sunday July 23rd

Thursday August 17th and Friday August 18th.

Coeur d’Alene:

Saturday September 16th and Sunday September

Cost is $60 for government or non- profit participants; $295 for Private practitioners.

For registration information please call Sharon at  (208) 813-3070 or Nina at (208) 258-6992.

To pay for the workshop, click the following link:


Western States Conference on Suicide June 23-24

June 23 & 24
Boise State University
[email protected]

WSCOS Poster 2017



3rd Annual Conference
Formerly “Zero Suicide Inland
Northwest” at Gonzaga University

Free CEUs & CMEs avail.
PD also avail. for educators


Kevin Hines
Dr. David Rudd
Dr. David Sheehan
Multi State Panel
And more!


– Mental Health First Aid
– Youth Mental Health
First Aid
– The Assessment &
Management of Suicide Risk

ISPH Recipient of Idaho Womens Charitable Foundation Grant


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)

Education Recipient

Lee Pesky Learning Center: Mental Health Support at Meridian Elementary – $25,000 (2 years)

Environment Recipient 

Bee City USA: Garden City Pollinator Habitat  – $21,500 (2 years)

Financial Stability

Intermountain Fair Housing Council, Inc.: IFHC Housing Justice Center Project  – $30,000 (1 year)

Love INC Boise: Donation Station Expansion Project – $25,000 (1 year)


Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline: Suicide Prevention Outreach to Rural Southwest Idaho – $30,000 (1 year)



‘13 Reasons Why’ Netflix Series Resources

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:


A Teachable Moment: Using 13 Reasons Why to Initiate a Helpful Conversation about Suicide Prevention and Mental Health (AFSP/ASCA/NASP) (Webinar)
·         Tips for Parents for Talking with their Children about 13 Reasons Why and Suicide (American Foundation for Suicide Prevention)
·         Briefing in Connection with the Netflix Series 13 Reasons Why (International Association for Suicide Prevention)
·          13 Reasons Why Talking Points (The Jed Foundation/Suicide Awareness Voices of Education)

From Other Mental Health/Professional Organizations
·          13 Mental Health Questions about 13 Reasons Why (American Psychiatric Association)
·          13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: How School Counselors Can Help (American School Counselor Association)
·          13 Reasons Why Netflix Series: Considerations for Educators (National Association of School Psychologists)
·          13 Ways to Continue the Conversation about 13 Reasons Why (Active Minds)

Other Related Resources
·         National Suicide Prevention Lifeline
·          The Trevor Lifeline (The Trevor Project)
·         SPRC Web Page for Suicide Prevention in Schools (Suicide Prevention Resource Center)
·         Information for Parents webpage (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide)
·          Not my Kid: What Parents Should Know about Teen Suicide (Society for the Prevention of Teen Suicide) (Video)
·          Action Alliance Framework for Successful Messaging (National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention)
·          Recommendations for Reporting on Suicide (various)

Substance Abuse and Suicide

Def Jam rap artist Logic releases song supporting the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline

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.


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, [email protected] 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

ISPH Receives Grant from Idaho Division of Veteran’s Services

CONTACTS: John Reusser, Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, [email protected]
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.