Suicide Prevention in Idaho
Suicide affects everyone. It may be a family member, a friend, or a member of your community. And the survivors of this devastating event can be traumatized for a long time.
Background: Idaho consistently remains in the top 5 states of suicide per capita; one of the highest rates is in middle- and high-school children. While much has been done to combat suicide in Idaho – education, training, PSAs, the Suicide Hotline – a united front did not exist.
Until Taylor + Company developed a unified strategy. By working with all suicide-prevention groups, and later many institutions affected, we developed the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition (ISPC), a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, to develop a unified strategy for Idaho.
Nate Fisher serves as Public Policy Advisor and Lobbyist for ISPC. Through our efforts, in the 2016 Idaho Legislature, ISPC was successful in gaining new and ongoing appropriations ($971,100) for suicide prevention, including a new suicide prevention office in the Department of Health & Welfare.