Boise-- Jeret Speedy Peterson touched a lot of people in his life and thrilled fans with his high-flying ski jumps. Now, even in death, he will continue to have an impact.
It was just a few months ago that Speedy committed suicide in the mountains near Salt Lake City, Utah. He was just 29-years-old.
Friends and loved ones of the Olympic silver medalist created The Speedy Foundation, a non-profit aimed at understanding and preventing suicide.
One of the foundation's first big goals is to create an Idaho suicide prevention hotline. The foundation presented a $10,000 check at City Hall Plaza this morning for the creation of a suicide prevention hotline in Idaho.
To many it seemed like Jeret was on top of the world and couldn't you know be happier but deep down he was battling this illness and no matter where you are in life, no matter what you do anyone can be afflicted by mental illness and just know that you're not alone and that there are people out there to help, said Tyler Neill, treasurer, Speedy Foundation.
Idaho is the only state without a dedicated suicide prevention hotline.Right now, people can still get help through the national hotline . But founders of The Speedy Foundation want Idaho to have its own.
Several organizations including the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho have created a detailed proposal for a statewide suicide prevention hotline.
Friends of Peterson hope their donation will be the money needed to get that hotline started.
The foundation wants to prevent suicide through research, education, advocacy and by reaching out to kids who are at-risk.