Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline Needs Volunteers
Suicide is a topic that is very hard to talk about, however, it's something that's very prevalent in our community. Luckily, there are people who are willing to help those in need anytime they can. One of the places where those folks dedicate their times to helping others is at the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline.
According to KTVB, the number of calls to ISPH, have risen 41 percent in the last six months; making the need for more volunteers even more urgent. The amazing volunteers man the phones 24/7 to "listen [to] people out of suicide more than we talk them out of suicide." Right now there are about 80 people that volunteer their time, but, with the uptick in calls, the Clinical Lead Supervisor at ISPH, George Austin, says they "really feel [they] need about 100."
If you would like to be a volunteer, there are a few steps to follow. First fill out an application HERE. Then, you'll take some training on how to respond to calls, plus a screening process as well.
If you or someone you know is in crisis or needs support, please reach out for help by calling or texting the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-4357. All calls are confidential and anonymous.
You can also contact the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK.