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.
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.
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
- 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:
Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline
208-398-HELP(4357), 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
Local Hospitals – Suicide Evaluation Resources
Psychiatric Hospitals – Treasure Valley
Acute hospitalization for patients 12-18 303 N. Allumbaugh, Boise
St. Alphonsus Behavioral Health Inpatient Services
Acute hospitalization for patients up to age 12
131 N. Allumbaugh, Boise 208-367-3189
West Valley Hospital
Acute hospitalization for patients 18 and older
1717 Arlington, Caldwell 208-459-4651
Emergency Rooms -
1512 12th Avenue Road 208-494-1333
4300 E. Flamingo Ave. I-84 & Garrity
9850 W. St. Luke’s Dr.
Suicide Prevention Websites
Nampa School District