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Suicide Prevention and Mental Health Research


Suicide and mental health are top health concerns that have been identified in our communities. One person dies by suicide every 12 minutes in the United States making it one of the leading causes of death1. Idaho has one of the highest rates of suicide in the nation and is 50% above the national average1.

Therefore, St. Luke’s is leading a study of suicide prevention techniques in adults and adolescents. Known as the Suicide Prevention Among Recipients of Care (SPARC) trial, it will compare two proven kinds of follow-up support to help prevent suicide after people leave the hospital or clinic. The supports include safety planning with phone call follow-up support from a suicide prevention hotline versus safety planning with caring contacts text messages or email supports from a suicide prevention hotline.

  • Study Goal: The goal is to use the data to determine the most effective approach to prevent suicide in adults and adolescents.
  • Study Details: SPARC is a randomized controlled trial with 1,382 participants. 
  • Study Updates: Email us to subscribe to our study newsletter

1Stone DM, Simon TR, Fowler KA, et al. Vital Signs: Trends in State Suicide Rates — United States, 1999–2016 and Circumstances Contributing to Suicide — 27 States, 2015. Centers for Disease Control & Prevention - MMWR - Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. 2018;67(22):617-624.


The Covid-19 pandemic has caused increases in mental health concerns in our communities and healthcare workers.

In the Mental Health Among Patients, Providers, and Staff (MHAPPS) Study, St. Luke’s will see how many health care workers and patients are experiencing mental distress such as anxiety, loneliness, depression, stress, or suicidal thoughts. The MHAPPS study will also compare two versions of text message support for patients and healthcare workers with mental distress to see which works better.

  • Study Goal: The goal is to determine how many healthcare workers and patients are experiencing mental distress and to determine the most effective approach to support people when mental healthcare resources are limited.
  • Study Details: MHAPPS includes a cross-sectional survey, a randomized clinical trial with 660 participants, and a longitudinal study.
  • Study Updates: Email us to subscribe to our study newsletter


This work is primarily supported through a research grant from the Patient-Centered Outcomes Research Institute (PCORI®). The St. Luke’s Foundation also provides financial support. If you would like to learn more about how to support these projects with a charitable gift, please contact the St. Luke’s Health Foundation at (208) 381-5355 or by email.


Are you in crisis or concerned about someone you know?

Call or Text the Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline - (208) 398-4357

The Idaho Crisis and Suicide Hotline is a confidential call-line and text-line, staffed 24/7, to provide crisis intervention, emotional support, problem-solving, and referrals to local resources for persons at risk for suicide and for those concerned about them. An online chat option is also available.

NOTE: You do not need to be in crisis to utilize these resources.

Help is just a phone call away. Please call or text (208) 398-4357.

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