According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), one in five children ages 13 to 18 have, or will have, a serious mental illness. Depression, anxiety, mood and attention disorders can disrupt school performance, negatively affect relationships and play a causative role in suicide.
In Idaho, suicide is the second leading cause of death for residents ages 15 to 34, positioning the state fifth-highest for suicide rates in the United States. A 2017 Health and Welfare survey of Idaho public and charter high schools showed that 35 percent of students reported experiencing sadness or hopelessness and 21.7 percent reported having had suicidal thoughts.
In the Treasure and Magic valleys, funds provided by St. Luke’s CHIF grants are making it possible for the United Way and Terry Reilly Health Services to place services directly in schools.
Additional efforts are being made in communities in Valley, Payette and Elmore counties. Across the footprint, St. Luke’s community health boards of providers, community leaders and concerned citizens have taken up the focus on adverse childhood experiences.
Learn more about the partnership and how the work is making a positive impact in the community.