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

WEBSITE: Idaho Suicide Prevention
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.

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 45 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.
  • Detailed information and application can be found on our website. Please email completed applications to, or mail to 1607 W. Jefferson St. Boise, Idaho 83702


    SPRING 2016 Attendance is required to all classes.

    4/23/2016            8:30am-4:30pm

    4/24/2016            8:30am-4:30pm

    4/26/2016            6pm-9pm

    4/28/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/03/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/11/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/12/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/17/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/18/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/19/2016            6pm-9pm

    5/24/2016            6pm-9pm

    FALL 2016 Attendance is required to all classes.

    9/24/2016          8:30am-4:30pm

    9/25/2016          8:30am-4:30pm

    9/27/2016          6pm-9pm

    9/29/2016          6pm-9pm

    10/04/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/12/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/13/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/18/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/19/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/20/2016         6pm-9pm

    10/25/2016         6pm-9pm

Got compassion?

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


To apply call 258-6992 or visit
2016 Volunteer Phone Responder Training Schedule

?What Can You Do In Four Hours?

Make a difference in the lives of fellow Idahoans.

Ø  Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is training volunteer Crisis Phone Responders for their Boise location!

Ø  Attend a Listening Shift to see if this fits you! Send in your application to schedule a visit.

Please visit our Facebook page!/IdahoSuicidePrevention

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

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

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