Idaho and the entire Intermountain West are plagued by some of the highest suicide rates in the nation.
The members of the Meridian Seventh-day Adventist Church are trying to do their part to help people in crisis, struggling with depression and thoughts of suicide.
Beginning Jan. 19, the church will host a weekly, nine-part video series “Get Your Life Back!” The program focuses on depression recovery.
Attendees will watch videos featuring Neil Nedley, a nationally-known doctor who practices internal medicine with an emphasis in gastroenterology, mental health, lifestyle medicine and the “difficult-to-diagnose” patient. He is the founder of the Nedley Depression and Anxiety Recovery Program and has trained other doctors in his methods. There will be a question-and-answer session with an expert after the video program as well as small-group discussion.
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Organizers say attendees will learn to identify depression and anxiety as well as their causes, enhance their energy levels and mood, manage stress and more.
The group will meet from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Thursdays for nine weeks beginning Jan. 19 at the Meridian Seventh-day Adventist Church, 1855 N. Black Cat Road in Meridian.
The first night is a free overview of the program. Those who are interested in continuing can pay their fee at the end of the overview with cash or check. The cost is $25 per person/couple/family. Registration includes one workbook. Additional books and materials are available for additional cost.
In 2014, Idaho reportedly had the ninth-highest suicide rate in the nation. Are you in need of help or know someone in need of help? The Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline is available 24 hours a day. Text or call 208-398-4357.