Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours will return to Boise Oct. 4 for a special benefit concert to celebrate the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline’s first year of service and to help the hotline go 24/7.
General admission tickets will be $25 and will go on sale Aug. 1 at the Record Exchange and the Egyptian Theatre.
Idaho has the sixth-highest suicide rate in the U.S., and suicide is the second-leading cause of death for adolescents and young adults in Idaho. For several years, Idaho was the only state without its own hotline serving residents statewide. After a collaborative effort throughout the Gem State, the ISPH was organized in October 2012 and began taking calls in November 2012.
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.
When the hotline first opened, it offered services from only 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday-Friday. It recently expanded to 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Friday. Outside those hours, all calls to that number are answered by the Lifeline Network, which is not staffed by Idahoans. The hotline’s number is 1-800-273-TALK (8255).
“Late-night hours and weekends can be critical times for people in crisis,” said John Reusser, director of the hotline. “It’s always better having Idahoans helping Idahoans, rather than someone who might not be as familiar with the rural character of our state and the services that are available.”
Reusser added, “While Antsy is coming to help raise awareness of the need for a 24/7 hotline, he’s also coming to spread his form of medicine: music and laughter. We’d all be better off observing what he calls the Aluminum Rule: Thou shalt enjoy the ride.”
The Oct. 4 show will be Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours’ fourth benefit concert in Boise, the last one being two years ago. Antsy and the Troubs have been busy in those two years, releasing a new CD, “Living the Dream,” in 2012. Antsy also has been working with veteran PBS producer Peter Berkow, who is producing a 13-program series featuring Americana musicians. The series will include one show with Antsy and the Troubs and another featuring Antsy and multi-instrumentalist Joe Craven.
For more information regarding the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, contact Hotline Director John Reusser at 208-258-6990, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information regarding the concert and Antsy McClain and the Trailer Park Troubadours, contact Al Bunch at 208-861-5052, email email@example.com.