Blaine County Suicide Prevention Task Force

 

Over 25 Blaine County citizens and organizations are working together to prevent suicide and eliminate the stigma of mental health issues in our community.

Our mission is:
To build a culture of awareness, understanding, acceptance, and action around our community’s
mental well-being.

And our guiding principles are:
Suicide prevention is a collaborative community effort. Suicide prevention is an active effort.
Our efforts must be sustainable, inclusive and focused on building strengths and resilience of
individuals and community.

The goal of the Campaign to Change Direction is to change the culture of mental health in America so that
all of those in need receive the care and support they deserve. The Campaign encourages all Americans to
pay attention to their emotional well-being – and it reminds us that our emotional well-being is just as
important as our physical well-being.

Our local goal in introducing the changedirection.org campaign to our community is to show our
community how to connect, reach out, inspire hope, and offer help to those in need.
By teaching others how to recognize The Five Signs of emotional distress we can create a more caring and
compassionate community and help those in need get connected to the resources in our community.
Please join us in our efforts to reduce stigma, create common language, connect people to helping
resources, and ultimately end suicides in our community. If you recognize that someone in your life is
suffering we encourage you to connect, to reach out, to inspire hope, and to offer help.

If you would like additional information about the task force or community mental health please contact
Erin Pfaeffle at 208-727-8734 or pfaeffle@slhs.org.

In health,

Blaine County’s Suicide Prevention Task Force

 

Members include: Blaine County Community Drug Coalition, Blaine County Probation Department, Blaine County Sheriff’s Department, Blaine County School District, Courtney Loving, LLC, Crisis Hotline, Eye on Sun Valley, Flourish Foundation, Higher Ground Sun Valley, NAMI Wood River Valley, Presbyterian Church of the Bigwood, St. Luke’s Wood River Foundation, St. Luke’s Wood River Medical Center, The Advocates for Survivors of Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, The Community School, The Hunger Coalition, The Sage School, Senior Connection

September 2017