A unique, delicate, loving and private man. It took time for him to open up to someone, but once he did, he had so many stories to share. Peter Wollheim managed a local suicide hotline for 15 years. He dedicated his adult life to bringing the Suicide Prevention Action Network to Idaho, he longed to help others with their struggles, even becoming a mental health counselor at Boise State (where he had taught Communications for years). He volunteered at the hospital as a “cuddler”, holding babies that needed comforting, but he had no way to comfort himself. He was the son of Holocaust survivors. The stories that his parents shared with him during his childhood haunted his dreams. Peter never liked asking for help…although he knew the importance of it and he couldn’t live in fear anymore. On July 21, 2015 our friend Peter took his own life at the age of 67.
Peter was Jessica and Chuck's friend. We spent many hours practicing karate together, and Chuck helped him improve his swimming technique. Our hearts broke when we heard the news. Suicide can affect anyone, please speak up and reach out!