Eight Idaho schools join suicide-prevention project

Nampa High School is among eight schools in Idaho that will be part of a youth suicide-prevention project.

The school will be part of the Idaho Lives Project, a partnership between the Idaho State Department of Education and the Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho.

Idaho ranks in the Top 10 states for teen suicides and overall suicides.

The schools will get training and $3,000 to put in place a suicide-prevention program called Sources of Strength.

Nampa High School has not experienced a suicide, school officials say, but its students are at risk

Nampa applied for the project to increase the culture of caring between adults and students, decrease risk factors and because officials like the program it is using.

“I look forward to working with them to find the best ways we as a state and as local communities can prevent youth suicide,” said Tom Luna, state superintendent of public instruction.

Other participating schools are:

Priest River Lamanna High School; Lapwai Middle School- High School; Parma High School and Parma Middle School;  Silver Creek Alternative High School, Hailey; Salmon Middle School- High School; and Teton High School, Driggs.

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