School Suicide Prevention Program

The School Communities Program consists of four elements: Sources of Strength, Sources of Strength train the trainer, gatekeeper training and connectedness and capability strategies.

At the core of the Idaho Lives Project (ILP) and its School Communities Program is Sources of Strength. Sources of Strength is an ongoing, strength-based, comprehensive wellness program that focuses on suicide prevention, but also impacts other issues such as substance abuse and violence. This evidence-based program, centered on hope, help and strength, is based on a relational connections model that uses teams of peer leaders mentored by adult advisors to change peer social norms about help seeking and encourages students to individually assess and develop strengths in their lives.

Beginning in 2014 through 2018, ILP will bring the Sources of Strength program into seven cohorts of Idaho high schools and middle schools/junior high schools.

School Cohort Training Schedule

  • Cohort 1: March 2014
  • Cohort 2: October 2014
  • Cohort 3: March 2015
  • Cohort 4: October 2015
  • Cohort 5: March 2016
  • Cohort 6: December 2016 - March 2017
  • Cohort 7: September 2017 - March 2018
  • Cohort 8: September 2018 - March 2019

Beginning with cohort 8, seventeen schools will be selected through an application process. Schools are selected based on demonstrated need, readiness to benefit, level of interest and commitment, needs of special populations and geographic location.

Schools trained in Cohort 1:

  • Priest River Lamanna High School, Priest River
  • Lapwai Middle High School, Lapwai
  • Parma High School, Parma
  • Parma Middle School, Parma
  • Nampa High School, Nampa
  • Silver Creek Alternative High School, Hailey
  • Salmon Middle-High School, Salmon
  • Teton High School, Driggs

Schools trained in Cohort 2:

  • Emmett High School, Emmett
  • Homedale High School, Homedale
  • Frank Church High School, Boise
  • Pocatello High School, Pocatello
  • Preston Jr. High School, Preston
  • Preston High School, Preston
Schools trained in Cohort 3:
  • Kellogg High School, Kellogg
  • Canyon-Owyhee School Services Agency, Wilder
  • Caldwell High School, Caldwell
  • Eagle Academy High School, Eagle
  • Lowell Scott Middle School, Boise
  • Rimrock Jr/Sr High School, Bruneau
  • Declo High School, Delco
  • Shoshone-Bannock Jr/Sr High School, Fort Hall
Schools trained in Cohort 4:
  • Union High School, Nampa
  • Cassia Jr/Sr High School, Burley
  • Burley Jr. High School, Burley
  • Mt. Harrison High School, Heyburn
  • West Minico Middle School, Paul
  • Minico High School, Rupert
  • Total Learning Center, Rupert
School sponsored for Cohort 4 sponsored by the region 4 chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho trained in fall 2015:
  • Rocky Mountain High School, Meridian
Schools trained in Cohort 5:
  • Homedale Middle School, Homedale
  • Compass Public Charter School, Meridian
  • Challis Jr/Sr High School, Challis
  • Sandpoint High School, Sandpoint
  • Lakes Middle School, Coeur d'Alene
  • Compass Academy, Idaho Falls
  • Shelley HIgh School, Shelley
  • Hobbs Middle School, Shelley
Schools trained in Cohort 6:
  • Clark Fork Jr/Sr High School,  Clark Fork
  • Meridian Academy High School, Meridian
  • North Fremont High School, Ashton
  • Potlatch Jr/Sr High School, Potlatch
  • Skyline High School, Idaho Falls
  • Rigby Middle School, Rigby
  • Boise High School, School, Boise
  • Sandpoint Middle School, Sandpoint
  • Emmett Middle School, Emmett
  • East Minico Middle School, Rupert
  • Fruitland High School, Fruitland
  • Vision Charter School, Caldwell

Cohort 7 schools trained under the grant from the Division of Public Health:

  • New Horizon Center, Pocatello
  • Owyhee Combined School, Duck Valley Reservation
  • Heritage Academy, Jerome
  • Marsing Middle School, Marsing
  • North Junior High School, Boise
  • Lakeside Jr/Sr High School, Plummer
  • Pathways Middle School, Meridian
  • Rivervue Middle School, Caldwell
  • Centennial High School, Boise
  • Rigby Hgh School, Rigby
Two schools were sponsored by the region 4 chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho:
  • Cascade Jr/Sr High School, Cascade
  • Horseshoe Bend Middle/Sr. High School, Horseshoe Bend
One school was sponsored by the region 7 chapter of the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho:
  • Teton High School, Driggs
One Cohort 7 school was self-funded:
  • Marsing High School, Marsing
Cohort 8 is comprised of the following schools:
  • Kootenai Jr/Sr High School
  • Meridian Middle School
  • Gateways Secondary School
  • Butte County Jr/Sr High School
  • Lewis-Clark Middle School
  • Blackfoot Charter Middle School
  • South Hills Middle School
  • Meridian Medical Arts & Technical Charter High School
  • Orofino Jr/Sr High School
  • Salmon River Jr/Sr High School
  • Idaho City Middle/Sr High School
  • Payette High School
  • Timberlake Junior High School
  • Victory Middle School
  • Lakeland Jr High School
  • Skyview High School
  • Mountain View Alternative High School

Cohort 5 was the final cohort of schools to be trained with funding from the original federal grant.  Thank you to all schools for your interest and effort put into the application process. 

Gatekeeper training is basic suicide prevention training that includes how to recognize and talk to those at risk for suicide and get them help. Trainings also include basic information about suicide and the suicidal mind, suicide warning signs and risk factors, and information for and about suicide survivors (those who have lost a loved one to suicide).

Through ILP’s School Communities Program, gatekeeper training including an overview of Sources of Strength is provided to all school staff at participating cohort schools, and to the schools’ communities. Special consideration and materials will be presented and available at all gatekeeper trainings for special populations. This includes information relating to minority races, non-English speakers, individuals identifying as gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender and others. Specific information will also be provided for suicide survivors. 

Research has shown that children who feel a sense of belongingness/connectedness and who feel capable are more resilient and at lower risk for all types of risky behavior including suicide. Extensive research also shows that those who complete suicide feel that they do not belong/are not connected to others and, in fact, believe themselves to be a burden to those around them. ILP believes that critical, upstream prevention efforts must include strategies and activities focused on developing connectedness and feelings of capability among young children.

ILP seeks to foster connectedness and capability among children through the compilation, development and distribution of connectedness and capability strategies and materials. Strategies and materials will be available online to all schools. Special outreach will be made to the feeder schools of all participating ILP cohort schools.