In a response to the growing number of suicide threats, the Post Falls Police Department felt it is important to provide further assistance to these individuals. The Post Falls Police Chaplains will attempt to make contact with either the person who has made suicidal threats or the family and friends of the individual. The Chaplain's role is not to diagnose, provide treatment or therapy, but to simply provide support and referrals to community resources.
It is important that our community members know that Suicide can happen to anyone at anytime. There are no boundaries as to whom this can affect; any races, religion, economic classes, adult men and women and yes, our youth as well. In facing the facts we know that:
Kootenai County has the highest rate of death by suicide per capita in the entire State of Idaho.
Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for Idahoans ages 15-34, and that,
For every 1 death by suicide; 25 others have made an attempt at suicide.
In addition to providing follow up contact, our Chaplain's, as well as, members of our Critical Incident Team are available to offer community presentations to organizations on Suicide Awareness. This presentation addresses warning signs of suicide, myths of suicide, statistics and resources.
For further information please go to http://www.postfallspolice.com/ or contact our Chaplain's at (208) 773-3517.