Suicide a critical public health issue in Idaho
Suicide is a critical public health issue in Idaho, according to information on the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare website.
It brings tragic loss to families, friends, schools and entire communities across the state each year. In 2016, Idaho lost 350 people to suicide and continually ranks among the top 10 states for the highest number of suicide deaths per capita.
Fortunately, there is more evidence today than ever before about what can be done to prevent suicide. The Suicide Prevention Program encourages the use of evidence-based programs and practices and seeks to coordinate prevention efforts across the state to create the first truly comprehensive approaches to suicide prevention in Idaho.
Please join us on our journey to save lives in Idaho by exploring the information and resources provided here. Visit the Contact Us page to reach out to the program directly with your questions or comments.
Know the warning signs and look for them. Warning signs include:
- Threatening suicide
- Talking or writing about suicide
- Isolation or withdrawal (from family, friends, activities, etc.)
- Agitation, especially combined with sleeplessness
- Previous suicide attempt(s)
- Seeking methods to kill oneself
- Feeling hopeless or trapped
Click here for a full list of warning signs on our "How to Help" page https://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Families/SuicidePreventionProgram/HowtoHelp/tabid/1919/Default.aspx.