The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation awarded the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline $30,000 to conduct training and outreach events in Adams, Elmore and Washington counties.

The hotline will identify “gatekeepers” in these counties and bring them to Boise for a two-day suicide prevention workshop, said John Reusser, hotline director. The hotline will also send trainers to each county for more training events.

“We’ll enlist trainees in distribution of outreach materials, and strategically place (Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline) billboards in each county,” Reusser said in a press release.

The suicide prevention hotline provides trained, professionally supervised listeners who offer support, safety planning, and resource referrals to those who call or text the hotline. A call or text can be the first step in identifying a serious mental health concern and getting help, according to the press release.

The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is a statewide, nationally accredited service operated by qualified staff and 80 trained volunteers who are equipped with a best-practices, evidence-based model of suicide intervention.

The Idaho Women’s Charitable Foundation was founded in September 2001 by a small group of women with a mission to inspire other women with the power of collaborative philanthropy.

Sixteen years later and more than 365 members strong, the foundation has invested over $3.5 million to 86 pooled-fund grant recipients in Southwest Idaho, according to a press release.

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