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:


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. The Break the Silence walk subcommittee also meets at Panhandle Health District, generally alternating Fridays, (June  23rd; July 7th & 21st; August 4th & 18th; and Sept. 1st), at 3:30 p.m.

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.


  • "Break The Silence" 5K Annual Walk. September 9, 2017 at Riverstone Park, Coeur d'Alene. Register here:  Break the Silence 2017

  • ASIST (Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training) is coming to Coeur d’Alene on Saturday, September 16, and Sunday, September 17, 2017 with Kim Schaff and Sharon Lightning. Cost is $40 for government/nonprofit to cover materials. Contact Nina at or Sharon at for additional information and registration.

  • Coming in October to north Idaho ...Carla Fine author of "No Time to Say Good bye",  "Strong Smart & Bold: Empowering Girls for Life", and co-author of "Touched by Suicide: Hope and Healing After Loss". Date, location and registration information coming soon!!