You are cordially invited to come celebrate the tremendous victory achieved in part by the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition during the 2016 Idaho Legislative Session! On Friday, May 6, 2016, Tommy Ahlquist of Gardner Company will host a luncheon in the Zion’s Bank, 17th floor from 11:30 to 1:30 p.m. This event will celebrate and recognize the Coalition’s efforts in obtaining $971,100 in new and ongoing State funding for suicide prevention in Idaho! State funding will create an Office for Suicide Prevention, dedicated funds for the state’s Suicide Prevention Hotline, prevention education in schools, and a public relations awareness campaign.

Additionally, we will be recognizing the leaders who advocated for dedicated State funding:

  • Dr. Robert Polk: Health Quality Planning Commission;
  • Idaho State Senators: Dan Schmidt, Marv Hagedorn, Fred Martin, Shawn Keogh and Chairman Lee Heider
  • Idaho State Representatives: Luke Malek, Pat McDonald, Kelley Packer, Maxine Bell and Chairman Fred Wood

While this is a great start, there is still so much more for the Coalition to do in its effort to fight for suicide prevention in Idaho. Please plan to attend this legislative victory. The Coalition knows that with a concerted effort, we can make a positive change.

Donations to the Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition, a registered 501 c 3, will be graciously accepted.