Welcome to the Idaho Lives Project!
Our mission is to save the lives of young people in Idaho, fostering connectedness and resilience throughout Idaho school communities to prevent youth suicide.
We support our mission by maintaining and enhancing school well-being statewide. We help schools implement comprehensive, evidence-based suicide prevention and wellness programs. We train school staff how to recognize suicide warning signs and respond appropriately. We offer schools evidence-based resources and support as well as provide postvention assistance for any sudden death in a school community.
On this site you will find more detailed information about the Idaho Lives Project and its programs including suicide prevention trainings for the general public. You will also find materials to assist those of you participating in ILP programs. Thank you for visiting the Idaho Lives Project and for your interest in saving young lives.
While the current Covid-19 situation has certainly presented us with challenges, it has also provided us with opportunities. We are finding more and different ways to connect with others, especially to those who are alone. Many have been spending more quality time with their families than ever before, and, for all of us, it is a time that we may focus on the mental health and overall well-being of ourselves and those we care about.
The Idaho Lives Project is here to help and we recommend reading these COVID-19 resources from the Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC) as well as the COVID-19 resources from the Education Development Center. You can also follow us on Instagram and Facebook for additional resources you can use to support students during this time.
We are excited to announce the Idaho State Department of Education is now offering free online training to identify and respond to the warning signs of students in crisis through QPR (Question, Persuade and Refer) Gatekeeper Training for Suicide Prevention. Please read the press release to learn more about the Superintendent of Public Instruction Sherri Ybarra’s support for reducing Idaho’s teen suicide rate.
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) includes the training on its National Registry of Evidence-Based Programs and Practices. The Suicide Prevention Resource Center describes the training as “a program with evidence of effectiveness.” The training takes an estimated hour to two hours to complete and is for adults who interact with students at home or at schools.