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Press Release: Empowering Suicide Prevention: Coalition Hosts National Suicidologist and Idaho State Representative

[DRIGGS, Idaho, May 29th, 2024]—The Mental Health Coalition of Teton Valley orchestrated a pivotal meeting between renowned suicidologist, Dr. Kent Corso, and Idaho State Representative Marco Erickson, a fervent advocate for mental health initiatives in Southeast Idaho.

With a shared commitment to saving lives and enhancing mental health support systems, the meeting, held on Wednesday, May 29th in the Coalition’s office, was convened with a singular purpose: to unite collective expertise and legislative influence, driving change in addressing this urgent public health concern.

Dr. Corso offered valuable insights about emerging trends, vulnerable populations, and emphasized the importance of multifaceted intervention strategies tailored to rural communities.

Rep. Erickson brought a legislative perspective, highlighting the crucial role of policy in fostering a supportive environment for mental health initiatives. His dedication to advancing suicide prevention efforts within Idaho resonated with Corso, paving the way for collaborative action at both grassroots and governmental levels.

Key topics discussed included:

  • Enhancing access to mental health resources in rural communities.
  • Implementing comprehensive suicide prevention training for educators, healthcare professionals, and first responders.
  • Advocating for increased support for mental health programs.

The meeting concluded with a shared commitment to ongoing collaboration to address the unique challenges facing suicide prevention in rural Idaho. Erickson and Corso expressed optimism about the potential for meaningful impact through unified efforts.

“I am passionate about mental health in rural areas and will always do my best to build capacity and help,” expressed Rep. Erickson. “I am always willing to hear their [community members’] voices and advocate for them. I’m grateful to get to visit Teton County and look forward to all of our future successes together.”

The Coalition applauds the dedication of all attendees. “Through their expertise, advocacy, and legislative influence, we can make significant strides in suicide prevention in Teton Valley and even beyond,” said Sara White, Director of the Coalition. 

The Mental Health Coalition of Teton Valley is dedicated to promoting mental wellness through advocacy, education, and connection to resources. With a commitment to collaboration and innovation, the Coalition strives to mitigate the devastating impact of suicide.

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