SPAN Idaho Regional Chapters

From its beginning, SPAN Idaho, as a grassroots organization, has encouraged and recognized the importance of regional and local involvement to prevent suicide. SPAN Idaho has developed regional Chapters who organize and conduct regional and local suicide prevention training, awareness campaigns, media education and many other activities. 

SPAN Idaho decided to use the same approach as the Department of Health and Welfare by organizing Idaho into seven Regions. Each Region serves several counties and has one or two larger communities which are the hub for service delivery in the counties they serve.

The SPAN North Idaho Chapter was organized and began meeting in late 2004, and serves Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, and Shoshone counties.

Region 1 Chapter - SPAN Idaho North Chapter


Chapter Co-Chairpersons: Lora Whalen and Catherine Perusse

TreasurerDon Duffy     Secretary: Jill Ainsworth

c/o Panhandle Health District
8500 N Atlas Road
Hayden, ID 83835

Phone Contact:  208-415-5100    Email Contact:

Facebook: Span of Idaho - Region 1

Twitter: SPAN_North


SPAN North general membership meetings are generally held on the third Wednesday of each month at  4:00 p.m. at the Panhandle Health District building located at 8500 North Atlas Road, in Hayden. 

Survivor Support meetings are held the first Wednesday of each month from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Mountain States Early Head Start located at 411 N 15th Street, Suite 200 in Coeur d'Alene. Contact Karen at for more information.


  • "Letting Go of the Silence", a special presentation by Carla Fine author of "No Time to Say Good bye",  and co-author of "Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss" at Kootenai Health Resource Center located at 2003 Kootenai Health Way, in Coeur d'Alene on Friday, October 13, 2017 from 1 PM to 2 PM. Ms. Fine lectures extensively to suicide survivors' groups and professional organizations around the world. "Only by letting go of the silence can we start to remember the lives of our loved ones and help others know they are not alone." Free Admission, all ages welcome. Open seating, please reserve a seat.

  • SPAN North will be at the Post Falls Gun Show being held at the Greyhound Park Event Center located at 5100 Riverbend Avenue, Post Falls, Idaho on Saturday, September 30 and Sunday, October 1; as well as Saturday, December 16 and Sunday, December 17, 2017 to promote safe gun storage and provide outreach materials.