Idaho leaders recognize Suicide Prevention Week, sign proclamation

By: Stephanie Hale-Lopez, KIVI Channel 6 News

Boise - On Tuesday, Sept. 12, state leaders marked national Suicide Prevention Week with a proclamation signing at the Idaho Statehouse.

Statistics show suicide is the eighth leading cause of death overall in the Gem State. 

Organizers say the ceremony was about celebrating how far the state has come in supporting suicide prevention, and bringing a greater awareness to the cause.

"This is all part of the framework of doing the right thing in Idaho," said Lt. Gov. Brad Little. "...of investing in the health and stability of our communities."

"When someone has suicidal thoughts, behaviors or intentions, the outcome is not suicide...not a completed suicide," said Dr. Tobi Gopon of St. Luke's. "The outcome is recovery, and we want people to know that."

There are a variety of suicide prevention resources available, such as the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline. Their number is (208) 398-HELP.