12,657 Idahoans Called The Suicide Hotline Last Year
2023 is tough on a lot of people. A lot of people. If you're not struggling with your finances, perhaps it's your marriage. Or stress at work. Or just trying to get through the day without spiraling out of control after reading just a few news stories.
Luckily, if it feels like life is too overwhelming, there's a fantastic place you can turn: the 988 National Suicide and Crisis Lifeline.
You can dial 988 at anytime if you're feeling suicidal, or need someone to talk you through a rough spot. Nicole Coleman, 988 Program Manager, explains:
This came at a good time for people looking for a resource. It’s available 24/7, and you’re talking to a live person. Nothing beats being able to speak to a live person when you feel alone.
Thank goodness there are good people out there like Nicole dedicating their lives to helping those in need. The lingering question is, why is the number so high for Idaho?
Political discourse? Folks fighting about what beer you drink or if you're a drag queen? Endless arguments and bullying on social media? We truly don't know.
For this writer, most days it feels like all we can do is be kind to one another. Is it going to solve all the world's problems? Probably not. But could a simple smile or kind gesture give someone a little boost of positivity to help get through their day? Absolutely.
Let's all be kind, all the time, even when we don't feel like it. We all deserve to be here, and we want you here.
If you or someone you love is in crisis or contemplating suicide, please call or text 988
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