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Suicide Prevention

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.

If you or someone you know is struggling, we ask that you immediately reach out to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.TALK. 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.

About SPAN & Joining the Committee

We are making a difference to reduce suicide, supporting those who have lost loved ones to suicide and bringing the discussion of suicide out of the shadows. However, there is much more to be done in 2022! 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 SPANofNI@phd1.idaho.gov 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.
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Local Resources

Suicide Prevention Lifeline: 1-800-273-TALK (8255)

Crisis Text or Call Line: Text 988

Kootenai Behavioral Health: 800-200-1511

North Idaho Crisis Service: 208-946-5595, phone Line for Bonner and Boundary counties. Eight licensed mental health professionals are available 8am – 5pm, Monday – Friday; Saturday/Sunday 24hrs.

Ambitions of Idaho: Behavioral Health & Developmental Disability Services
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
Region 1 Behavioral Health Board
North Idaho Crisis Center
St. Vincent de Paul
Idaho Department of Health & Welfare’s Children’s Mental Health Program
Idaho Lives Project

 

Annual Break the Silence 5k Walk

Thank you to the over 400 participants who came to our 2022 Break the Silence Walk! The walk was a wonderful success and a valuable time for our community to come together. See you in September 2023!

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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    This site is NOT intended to and does NOT provide crisis intervention. If you are in a crisis, or have concerns about someone, call the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1.800.273.TALK (8255)