Suicide is a tragic and preventable loss – for family and friends, communities and the state of Idaho. In 2009, Idaho lost 307 people to suicide, a serious increase from previous years. But the loss extends well beyond the suicide victims. Approximately 15 friends and families are seriously impacted by each suicide, often becoming at-risk for suicide themselves. Compared to the nation, Idaho consistently ranks in the top 10 for overall suicides and in the top five for teen suicides. The cost of this problem in human terms is beyond comprehension.