Idaho's suicide hotline could be up and running in 2 weeks

Idaho's suicide hotline could be up and running in 2 weeks

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by KTVB

KTVB.COM

Posted on November 12, 2012 at 6:15 PM

Updated Monday, Nov 11 at 10:33 PM

BOISE -- After years of trying to get a suicide hotline up and running in Idaho, a potential start date is in site.

There was a short hold up from Hurricane Sandy, but organizers say Nov. 26 is their start-up goal.

The lifeline network that organizes calls and accreditation for Idaho is stationed in Manhattan. That organization lost power when Hurricane Sandy hit.

John Reusser with the Idaho suicide hotline says the staff member they were working with in New York was not in the office because there was no electricity.

It held them up about a week, but now power is back on and the process to get Idaho's hotline up and running continues.

"I would like to see us up and running by Monday, November 26, the Monday after Thanksgiving," said Reusser. "But that is contingent upon the provisional lifeline membership being accepted."

Reusser also says another delay is getting all their volunteers trained up and ready to go.

About 18 people are now ready to work the hotline from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Thursday.

The goal is to be open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, by year two.

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