Suicide is a tragic and preventable loss – for family
and friends, communities and the State of Idaho. In 2009, Idaho lost 307 people to suicide, a serious increase from previous years. But the loss extends well beyond the suicide victims. Approximately 15 friends and families are seriously impacted by each suicide, often becoming at-risk for suicide themselves. Compared to the nation, Idaho consistently ranks in the top 10 for overall suicides and in the top five for teen suicides. The cost of this problem in human terms is beyond comprehension.
Many people in Idaho work to prevent suicide and provide support to the survivors. Idaho
is fortunate to have the involvement of such groups as the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, the Idaho Youth Suicide Prevention Project
and the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho. Countless teachers, counselors, clergy, mental health professionals and many others also work in suicide prevention. The Idaho Suicide Prevention Research Project is intended to support Idahoans by providing:
- Current data on the scope of suicides in Idaho
- Reports on special populations at higher risk for suicide in Idaho
- Research summaries and links to available resources
- Reviews of modern evidence-based suicide prevention and intervention programs
We are honored to support the suicide prevention community in Idaho. If you have comments about improving this website or resources you can use, please use the Contact us page.
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