Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

Program Contact:

John Reusser, Project Director
1607 W. Jefferson St
Boise, Idaho 83702

PHONE: 208-258-6990
FAX: 208-258-6909

EMAIL:
WEBSITE:
FACEBOOK: Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline FB

Jannus, Inc. is excited to be managing the Suicide Prevention Hotline for Idaho. Among states, Idaho is 6th highest in its suicide rate. Yet, it was the only state without an accredited suicide crisis line. The Hotline launched on November 26th, 2012 and is handling calls from throughout the state. The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is committed to the prevention of suicide in Idaho. The Hotline provides emotional support, risk assessment, crisis intervention, linkages to local services, and/or follow-up for persons with potential suicide risk factors, empowering callers to look at options and make their own decisions.

Crisis Intervention, Assessment, Support and Follow Up

The Hotline provides callers:

  • Emotional Support
  • Assessment of suicide risk
  • Crisis intervention to those in imminent danger
  • Linkages to local services
  • Follow-up for persons with potential suicide risk factors

Calls to the Hotline number are answered 24 hours per day, 7 days per week by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.

http://www.idahosuicideprevention.org

Volunteer Recruitment

The Hotline seeks volunteers willing to help others in their time of difficulty. We are looking for laypersons or professionals that are interested in volunteering their time to become trained crisis phone workers in a supportive, supervised, dedicated phone room model.

Anyone over 21 years old can volunteer for the hotline, whether you are a professional or concerned citizen. Our ideal volunteer will be empathetic, open-minded, non-judgmental, caring, accepting, respectful, understanding, flexible, a good listener and able to take direction.

  • Volunteers receive approximately 32 hours of training. Included in the training is internationally accredited Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST). As well, further education on Idaho specific issues and time shadowing in the phone room prior to taking calls.
  • Commitment to one 4.5 hour Hotline shift per week for one year in our Boise location. Current shift times are: 9am-1:30pm, 1pm-5:30pm, 5pm-9:30pm and 9pm-1:00am.

The Hotline’s next volunteer training program will take place in April 2015. Information sessions will be held throughout March, and scheduled after your application has been received. Detailed information and application can be found on the website. Please email completed applications to nleary@jannus.org, or mailed to:

Jannus, Inc.  c/o Nina Leary 1607 W. Jefferson St, Boise, ID 83702

Got compassion?

Volunteer today to become part of the crisis response team at the ISPH.

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To apply call 258-6992 or visit idahosuicideprevention.org
2015 Volunteer Phone Responder Training Schedule

SPRING INFORMATION SESSIONS

March 18 Wednesday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

March 23 Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

March 30 Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

April 6 Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

April 13 Monday 6:00 – 7:30 pm

Can’t Make One?  Call Us Anyway!!

SPRING TRAINING PROGRAM
Attendance is required at all classes.
April 25 Saturday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Day 1
April 26 Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm ASIST Day 2
May 9 Saturday 8:30 am- 4:30 pm Communication Skills /Crisis Intervention/Diversity
May 11 Monday 6pm-9pm Mental Health
May 13 Wednesday 6pm-9pm Intimate Partner/Victim’s Issues
May 18 Monday 6pm-9pm Difficult Callers/ Grief & Loss
May 21 Thursday 6pm-9 pm Addictive Behavior

FALL TRAINING PROGRAM
Attendance is required at all classes.
October 3 Saturday 8:30 am-4:30 pm Communication Skills /Crisis Intervention/Diversity
October 6 Tuesday 6pm-9pm Mental Health
October 8 Thursday 6pm-9pm Intimate Partner/Victim’s Issues
October 10 Saturday 8:30 am-4:30 pm Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training (ASIST) Day 1
October 11 Sunday 8:30 am-4:30 pm ASIST Day 2
October 13 Tuesday 6pm-9pm Difficult Callers/ Grief & Loss
October 15 Thursday 6pm-9pm Addictive Behavior

For Volunteer Application and additional information visit   www.idahosuicideprevention.org
or call Nina Leary at 208-258-6992

Please visit our Facebook page http://www.facebook.com/#!/IdahoSuicidePrevention

See more at: http://www.idahosuicideprevention.org

Meridian Mayor’s Youth Advisory Council supports the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline by creating this PSA – help spread the message!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_llCtJeIcY4

The Efforts of Many Organizations Make It Possible

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline has come into existence due to the efforts of many organizations.  Key Hotline planners have included:

  • Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention
  • Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho
  • Idaho State University Institute of Rural Health
  • Department of Veterans Affairs — Boise
  • Idaho National Guard
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Jannus, Inc. (a nonprofit agency that will operate the Hotline)

Many organizations and individuals have also contributed funding to the Hotline’s start-up.  Significant funders include:

  • United Way (Kootenai County, Southeast Idaho, and Treasure Valley)
  • Idaho State Legislature
  • Idaho Department of Health and Welfare
  • Wells Fargo
  • Saint Alphonsus Health System
  • Jeret ‘Speedy’ Peterson Foundation
  • Citi Cards
  • Ada County Paramedics Association
  • Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho
  • Idaho National Guard

See more at: http://www.idahosuicideprevention.org