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by Carolyn Holly

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Posted on April 23, 2012 at 1:07 PM

Updated Monday, Apr 23 at 5:58 PM


Feeling anxious? Depressed? Need someone to talk to?  You can always call the number listed above -- it's Idaho's suicide hotline, and that means someone is answering the phone 24/7.

On KTVB's News at Noon, we shared some sad statistics about suicide in Idaho.

Did you know?

Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho teens and young adults, aged 15-34.

There are many risk factors for suicide, and it's important to know that each person who attempts or dies by suicide is different.

Here are some factors to consider:

* A person who has had a friend or family member die by suicide is at high risk him/herself.

* A person who attempts suicide is at high risk of attempting again.

* A person with a mental illness or substance use disorder also is at high risk.

* While not everyone with a mental illness or substance use disorder will attempt suicide, studies show that in 90 percent of suicides, mental illness or substance use was a contributing factor.

* Other high risk groups are Native Americans, teens, working-age men, and men 65 and older.

* Groups with high suicide attempt rates include gay and lesbian youth, and Hispanics.

The warning signs of suicide include:

    Feeling trapped
    Impulsive behavior
    Feeling helpless, hopeless or disconnected from others
    Feeling anxious
    Substance use
    Writing, drawing or talking about death
    Threatening to hurt or kill oneself or looking for ways to do it
Ann Kirkwood with the Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Project says if you think someone is going to take their, life don't sit back and do nothing.

Instead, Kirkwood encourages you to ask them this question: Are you thinking of committing suicide?

Kirkwood says if you want help in talking with that person, or if the person is willing to make the call, be sure to dial the suicide hotline at 1-800-273-TALK 

- Carolyn