NAMPA — Idaho has the fifth highest suicide rate in the country, according to the CDC.
A new program aims to help address the issue in Canyon County.
Community members can now receive free counseling services at the Nampa Public Library, provided by professionals from Terry Reilly Health Services. The new initiative, called "Be Well Nampa," is funded by a $91,943 from the National Network of Libraries of Medicine.
Kendra Lutes, a clinical supervisor with Terry Reilly, says "Be Well" is part of a larger mission to reduce stigma and "meet people where they're at."
Julie Judson, also of Terry Reilly, says the goal is to help as many people as possible.
"I just think that the more that we can provide services in the community, to sort of wrap ourselves around folks -- whether it be with nutrition, health resources, mental health resources -- we all work together to create a better community," said Judson. "And I think the more help that we have for each other, the stronger the community."
To learn how to book an appointment head to http://nampalibrary.org/bewellnampa/