Forum: Suicide Prevention in Idaho
Tuesday, September 12, 2017, 11:45 a.m. - 1:15 p.m.
The Grove Hotel, Ballroom 2nd floor
Jennie Rylee, John Reusser
Join City Club of Boise on September 12th for a forum highlighting suicide prevention in Idaho with guest speakers John Reusser, Director of Idaho Suicide Prevention hotline, and volunteer Jennie Rylee.
In 2015, 362 Idahoans died by suicide. Thousands more- maybe even someone you know- are looking for ways to end their pain. Resources for people looking for help have been limited. It was only in 2012 that the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline began, and was finally able to expand to 7 day a week, 24 hour a day availability in 2014. The hotline received about 1,300 calls each quarter in 2016.
Jennie Rylee is a long-time volunteer at the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. An Idaho native, Jennie has both a family and a personal connection to suicide. She has chosen to overcome a difficult history by applying her experience to helping others who find themselves feeling suicidal, or who are in another form of emotional crisis. Jennie is typical of hotline volunteers in that she is not a counselor; rather she is a well-trained volunteer who devotes time to supporting hotline callers.
Idaho Native and founding Director John Reusser, LCSW, began his career in crisis intervention as a volunteer at the Crisis Clinic of King County in Seattle, becoming a trainer, paid phone worker and phone room supervisor there before returning to Idaho to work on the Region IV IDHW Mobile Crisis Unit and in the St. Alphonsus emergency department. He is a member of the Idaho Council on Suicide Prevention, a board member of the Livewilder Foundation, and Certified ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) Trainer.
Resources: Idaho Suicide Prevention website: https://www.idahosuicideprevention.org/ Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline:1-208-398-4357 Idaho Department of Health and Welfare: http://healthandwelfare.idaho.gov/Families/SuicidePrevention/tabid/486/Default.aspx
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