The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare’s Suicide Prevention Program in the Division of Public Health is just barely a year old, but a lot has accomplished in that time. One notable accomplishment includes rolling out their statewide public awareness campaign. This campaign will be the first of its kind in Idaho and likely, the nation. The premise behind the campaign aligns closely with the 2011 Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan which promotes the idea that everyone has a role to play in suicide prevention. The Suicide Prevention Program public awareness campaign focuses on the helping person; the friend, family member, co-worker.
The campaign slogan, “Rock Your Role,” reminds people that suicide is preventable and everybody plays a part. It stresses that watching for warning signs, asking if someone is thinking of suicide and getting help can save a life. The public awareness campaign includes TV spots and printed materials.
TV spots should air sometime later this fall, while printed materials are already being distributed by statewide suicide prevention partners and are also available for free at healthtools.dhw.idaho.gov. Get involved and rock your role!
- Serve & Protect – https://youtu.be/uXySJzRpe6U
- Fishing Buddies – https://youtu.be/DT6Dgsbxy18
- MVP – https://youtu.be/W_xOaps0QYA
- No. 1 Wife – https://youtu.be/BLdloKJJlyc
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
Contact the Idaho Suicide Prevention Program at 208-334-4948 or visit www.spp.dhw.idaho.gov.
Click here for information about suicide statistics in Idaho.
If you, or someone you know, is in crisis or emotional distress, please call:
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline 208-398-4357 (HELP)
24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round and text support is available Monday-Friday, 3pm to Midnight.
or National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
Your call will be routed to a member of the Lifeline network based on your area code.