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Teton High School selected for youth suicide prevention project

Teton High School in Driggs is among eight schools selected to institute a new Idaho program aimed at reducing suicide among youth aged 10 to 24.

The initial phase of the Idaho Lives Project is a partnership of the Idaho Department of Education and the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho.

Idaho ranks among the top ten states for teen suicides and overall suicides.

The eight schools will receive extensive support, training services and $3,000 in funding to implement Sources of Strength. The Department of Education said the program is an “evidence-based” suicide prevention program that utilizes the power of peer social networks to to prevent suicide, bullying and substance abuse.

“The tragedy of suicide is beyond measure, and unfortunately, Idaho is not immune to this tragedy,” said State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Luna. “With the right training, knowledge and support, suicide is preventable. I appreciate these eight schools participating in this project, and I look forward to working with them to find the best ways we as a state and as local communities can prevent youth suicide today and in the future.”

In addition to Teton High School, other schools participating in the first phase of the project are Priest River Lamanna High School, Lapwai Middle School-High School, Parma High School, Parma Middle School, Nampa High School, Silver Creek Alternative High School in Hailey, and Salmon Middle School-High School.

According to the Department of Education, research indicates that because of the state’s rural geography, many students and families have faced barriers in accessing prevention and mental health services.

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