Suicide Prevention Family Resources

The Nampa School District recognizes that suicide is a leading cause of death among youth. We believe taking preventative steps is essential in helping our students reach out for help. We have created this page as a resource for parents, students, and teachers. If you are in despair, please reach out by calling the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-HELP (208-398-4357). Many people have found that talking helps to alleviate painful suicidal thoughts and feelings.

The Nampa School District has school counselors, psychologists, and social workers available at every school site. They have been trained to assess suicidal ideation and respond appropriately to the level of threat identified. It is the top priority of our school-based mental health experts to ensure the safety of the students in our school district. Please use our staff as resources, in addition to the information provided on this website.


Information is available regarding warning signs and risk factors of youth suicide, as well as how to respond if you find out your child has suicidal thoughts or attempts, and additional resources.

Warning Signs
Watch for the following changes in behavior and activities:

Making comments such as, “I wish I were dead,” or “I wish I hadn’t been born.”

Withdrawing from activities, avoiding family and friends.

Acting differently, changes in eating and sleeping habits, doing risky things that cause injury to self or others, and abusing drugs or alcohol.

Giving away personal things and saying good-bye to people as if they won’t see them again.

For no apparent reason, quickly changing from very sad to very happy.

Feeling hopeless after a loved one’s death, a breakup with a girlfriend/boyfriend, a disagreement with a best friend, problems at school, being bullied, teen pregnancy, or a big disappointment.

Risk Factors
The following are risk factors sometimes associated with completed suicide. It is important to note that risk factors are not predictors of suicide, but they become important when warning signs are apparent.

Mental health disorders

Previous suicide attempt(s)

Substance use disorders



Traumatic brain injury


History of trauma or abuse

Family history of suicide

Lack of social support

Stigma associated with seeking help

Exposure to other suicide deaths

Easy access to lethal means

Significant losses, e.g. relationship, job, etc.

Barriers to accessing treatment for mental health or substance use disorder

Protective Factors

Strong connections to family and friends

Strong connections to community support

No access to highly lethal means

Problem-solving and conflict-resolution skills

Effective professional care for mental health and substance use disorders

Easy access to different types of professional health

Mental and medical health care relationship that are ongoing

Being supported in seeking help

How to Respond
What to do when your child shows the warning signs of suicide:

Don’t leave your child alone

Explain, “I care about you, and I will get someone who will understand you and help you.” Do not make promises to keep this a secret. Do not criticize your child for feeling suicidal. Reassure them that you will do everything possible to keep them safe.

Get help, either by calling the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline at 208-398-HELP (208-398-4357), calling 911 or taking your child to the nearest hospital emergency room.

Remove dangerous items (particularly guns and medications), or lock them in a safe place.

Reassure them: “You are not alone.” “I care if you live.” “I will get you the help you need.”

This site is NOT intended to and does NOT provide crisis intervention. If you are in crisis, or have concerns about someone, call:

National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline


Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline


24 hours a day, 7 days a week, year-round, and text support is available Monday-Friday, from 3 p.m. to midnight

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline


Trevor Lifeline – LGBTQ+


Veterans & Military Families

1-800-273-8255, Press 1

Every Life Is

worth Saving


Local Hospitals – Suicide Evaluation Resources

Psychiatric Hospitals – Treasure Valley

Intermountain Hospital

Acute hospitalization for patients 12-18 303 N. Allumbaugh, Boise


St. Alphonsus Behavioral Health Inpatient Services

Acute hospitalization for patients 12-18 303 N. Allumbaugh, Boise


West Valley Hospital

Acute hospitalization for patients 18 and older 1717 Arlington, Caldwell



Emergency Rooms - Nampa, Idaho

St. Alphonsus

1512 12th Avenue Road 208-494-1333

St. Alphonsus

4300 E. Flamingo Ave. I-84 & Garrity 208-205-1100

St. Luke’s

9850 W. St. Luke’s Dr. 208-505-2000

Nampa School District Suicide Prevention Policy

Suicide Prevention Websites Suicide Prevention Resource Center Idaho Suicide Prevention Program