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Idaho Awareness to Action Youth Suicide Prevention Project offers free trainings in Lewiston March 22

February, 23, 2011

Idaho State University’s Institute of Rural Health is accepting pre-registration for a free suicide prevention training in Lewiston in March. This training is designed to provide the latest scientific information on the warning signs, risk

and protective factors for suicide and mental illness, along with practical guidance on how to identify youth at risk for suicide.  Information will assist professionals, community leaders, parents, advocates and all those who care for children and youth.This training will be held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., March 22, 2011, at the First United Methodist Church, 1906 Broadview Drive.

Continuing Education Credit is offered to social workers, nurses and licensed counselors who attend the entire six hour training.  Others who attend will receive certificates of completion.

This training is free and open to the community, but seating is limited.  Pre-registration is required.  To register online, go to Email pre-registration to or phone Kristi Beck at (209) 282-4436. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idaho youth aged 15-34.  According to the Suicide Prevention Action Network in Idaho, in 2007 Idaho had the 11th highest suicide rate in the nation, 28% higher than the national average.  In 2008, there were more deaths due to suicide in Idaho than any other year is recent history (251 deaths).  That increased further in 2009 when 307 Idahoans died by suicide.

For more information, contact: Ann Kirkwood, Project Director, 208-282-4436.