The following is a press release from the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline.
BOISE — The name has been updated, but the mission remains the same — to support Idahoans in emotional crisis.
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline, a member of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline’s nationwide network of more than 200 call centers, is pleased to once again introduce itself as the Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline (ICSH). Since the phones started ringing in 2012, the hotline has been an entry point into the state’s behavioral health system and a source of support for Idahoans experiencing suicidal feelings and other types of emotional distress.
Over the past ten years, people have contacted ICSH for many different reasons, including:
thoughts of suicide
· Mental Health
· Physical health
· Financial problems
When a person contacts ICSH, a trained crisis responder helps the caller reduce stress, conducts a safety assessment, and works with the help-seeker to identify personal supports and a plan to stay safe. By providing support at the time of crisis, ICSH helps reduce the unnecessary burden and stress of unnecessary emergency department visits and the need for a local law enforcement response.
“Our updated name reflects the type of support the hotline has always provided and our continued commitment to the people of Idaho no matter what type of crisis a person may be going through. Idaho Crisis & Suicide Hotline is always there and ready to listen,” said ICSH Director Lee Flinn.
Founded in 2012, ICSH has responded to over 95,000 contacts – calls, texts and web chats combined. For the past ten years, ISCH has supported people in emotional distress in every county in Idaho and at every stage of life. To date, the youngest appellant was 8 years old and the oldest was 93 years old.