Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline adds Thursday and Friday 9 pm – 1 am shifts
BOISE, Id. (December 4, 2013)
The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (1-800-273-TALK) continues to expand hours toward 24/7 coverage ahead of schedule, adding two late evening shifts to its current 9 am to 9 pm Monday- Friday hours.
With expanded hours beginning this week, trained Idaho phone responders can field more calls from Idahoans who are in crisis or suicidal — and connect them with key resources in their local communities. The hotline also will be able to offer follow-up calls to individuals seeking help.
ISPH plans to add weekends and additional 9-1 shifts in early 2014 when as its next cohorts of volunteers are trained. Outside of ISPH operating hours, calls to 1-800-273-TALK (8255) are answered by crisis centers in other states.
Says hotline Executive Director John Reusser: “We are excited to expand hours now as the holidays can be an especially difficult time for people. Thanks to the support of all Idahoans we remain ahead of schedule in progressing toward our goal of round the clock coverage before the end of next year.”
Support during critical times
The hotline offers callers:
- Emotional support
- Assessment of suicide risk
- Crisis intervention to those in imminent danger
- Linkages to local services
- Follow-up for those who exhibit suicide risk factors
Addressing a statewide problem
- Idaho has the sixth-highest suicide rate in the U.S.
- Suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in Idaho.
After multi-sector collaboration throughout the Gem State, the ISPH opened in November 2012 — providing much-needed support for individuals at risk for suicide.
The ISPH team trains volunteers — laypersons or professionals — to become trained crisis phone workers.
Volunteers receive approximately 32 hours of training and apprenticeship and commit to one 4 ½-hour hotline shift per week for one year.
To learn more, visit the ISPH webpage