Idaho gets $1.3 million to help prevent youth suicide

Idaho gets $1.3 million to help prevent youth suicide

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by Stephanie Zepelin

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KTVB.COM

Posted on October 15, 2013 at 10:25 PM

Updated Wednesday, Oct 16 at 9:55 AM

BOISE -- The Idaho State Department of Education got a $1.29 million grant to help stop suicide among young people. The money, which will be given over the next three years, will start the Idaho Lives Project, a collaboration between the state, the Idaho Suicide Prevention Action Network, and other partners.

Idaho is in the top five states for teen suicides, and the program will be aimed at kids 10 to 24 years old.

The State Department of Education says many schools are doing good work, but this grant will allow them to expand on it.

"We see bright spots all over the place," said Matt McCarter, with the State Department of Education. "Our goal with this grant is to scale those up. So schools are doing a great deal of work. The reality is, it's not a school issue, it's a community issue, which involves schools, but it's much broader and that's why this project is intended to affect schools in addition to the communities that surround them."

The project will focus on training school staff and community adults in effectively responding to at-risk youth, equipping students to reach out to trusted adults, and fostering local resources to connect at-risk youth with mental health providers.

This is funded through federal grant money, but the state said the grant will not be effected by the government shutdown.

Idaho is one of six states to get this grant.

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