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Suicide in Idaho

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.

Warning Signs

There are some warning signs that someone is at risk for suicide. Risk is greater when these behaviors are new or increased. The risk for suicide is also greater if the following behavior(s) is linked to a painful or stressful event, loss or

  • Talking about wanting to die or committing suicide
  • Looking for a way to kill oneself, such as searching online or purchasing a gun
  • Talking about feeling hopeless or having no reason to live
  • Talking about feeling trapped
  • Talking about being a burden to others
  • Increasing use of drugs or alcohol
  • Acting anxious or agitated
  • Behaving recklessly
  • Change in sleeping habits - too much sleep or too little sleep
  • Withdrawing or feeling isolated
  • Showing rage or talking about revenge
  • Extreme mood swings

Special Topics in Suicide and Suicide Prevention