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Suicide Prevention Family Resources

Suicide Stops Here stylized textThe 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(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.

 

You can find information 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 following 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
  • Insomnia
  • Traumatic brain injury
  • Hopelessness
  • 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(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

1-800-273-TALK(8255)

 

Trevor Lifeline – LGBTQ+

1-866-488-7386

 

Veterans & Military Families

1-800-273-8255, Press 1

 

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RESOURCES

Local Hospitals – Suicide Evaluation Resources

 

Psychiatric Hospitals – Treasure Valley

 

Intermountain Hospital

Acute hospitalization for patients 12-18 303 N. Allumbaugh, Boise
208-377-8400

 

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 -

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

 

Suicide Prevention Websites

Suicide Prevention Resource Center

Idaho Suicide Prevention Program

 

Nampa School District

Suicide Prevention Policy

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