Suicide Prevention

Behavioral Healthcare

There is always hope.

We take mental and emotional health very seriously—especially when it comes to suicide. If you or someone you know is in despair, we’re here to help.

While suicide and non-fatal suicidal behavior are major public health problems across Idaho, they can be preventable. Panhandle Health District is dedicated to suicide prevention through our work with the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN), Region 1 Behavioral Health Board and many other community partners. We also offer QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) training to groups within the Panhandle.

We hope that the resources found here will help our community understand and become involved in our efforts to prevent suicide, as suicide impacts everyone in our community.

Call 988

If you or someone you know is struggling, we ask that you immediately reach out to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline

Many people have found that talking helps to alleviate painful suicidal thoughts and feelings. There is hope. There is help. And we’re here for you through this.

Idaho residents can call or text 988 at any time to talk to a trained professional who can help them through a behavioral health crisis. The emergency phone number is available nationwide. Anyone experiencing behavioral-health related stress – thoughts of suicide, mental health issues, substance use crisis, or any other kind of emotional distress – can call or text 988 at any time. People can also dial 988 if they are worried about a loved one who may need crisis intervention.

Everyone has different experiences with their own mental health, and their own preferred methods of care and support. We all have mental health, and by taking one simple action, we can each help influence massive collective change to support #MentalHealth4All.

“Let’s Walk About It”

Annual Suicide Prevention & Awareness 5K

Join Us Saturday, September 14, 2024

Thank you to this year’s Title Sponsor: Hemisphere Health.

Hemisphere Health

Thank you to this year’s Sponsors:

  • Northwest Specialty Hospital
  • Heritage Health
  • Kootenai Health
  • Kootenai County Democrats
  • Kootenai Electric
  • Medical Practice Management Services
  • Coeur d’Alene Pediatrics
  • Ellie Mental Health
  • Momentum Ink
Four women smiling together at the walk finish line.

SPAN & Region 1 Behavioral Health Board

About SPAN & Joining the Committee

SPAN of North Idaho has established six suicide prevention and support priorities and we need your help to achieve these priorities. They are:

  • Capacity building and infrastructure (strengthening our SPAN Team)
  • Training and technical assistance (suicide prevention training and resources)
  • Communications and outreach
  • Data, evaluation, and systems integration (gathering data to make informed decisions)
  • Advocacy and policy
  • Suicide care provision and zero suicide objectives

Please let us know if you are willing to be a team lead or team member for one of these priorities or an active participant on the SPAN Committee. Feel free to email if you have questions. We would appreciate the chance to discuss the details of how your commitment to this important effort can make a difference in our community.

Region 1 Behavioral Health Board

The Mission of the Region 1 Behavioral Health Board is to advocate, educate, and ensure accessible care for those in need of Mental Health and Substance Use services, by developing and sustaining a network that promotes prevention and ready access to a full range of services.

Region 1 Behavioral Health Board envisions a healthy community through a collaborative integrated network that promotes and sustains hope and recovery for all.

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer

Register for a free QPR Training!

QPR stands for Question, Persuade, and Refer – the 3 simple steps anyone can learn to help save a life from suicide.

Just as people trained in CPR and the Heimlich Maneuver help save thousands of lives each year, people trained in QPR learn how to recognize the warning signs of a suicide crisis and how to question, persuade, and refer someone to help. Each year thousands of Americans, like you, are saying “Yes” to saving the life of a friend, colleague, sibling, or neighbor.

QPR can be learned in our Gatekeeper course in as little as one hour. QPR is offered through Panhandle Health District by filling out the request form below or Kootenai Health offers QPR. Find Kootenai Health’s available dates here and register.

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