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.
Region 7 Chapter - SPAN Idaho Eastern Idaho Chapter 7
Travis Stephens, Chair
Licensed Social Worker
Matt Larsen, Co-Chair
Psychiatry at EIRMC Behavioral Health
Sheila Murdock, Treasurer
RN at EIRMC Behavioral Health
Tina Wheatley, Secretary
Survivor of loss
Jodie Mathews, Assistant Secretary
Watch for our events in 2017!
2nd Annual "Play for Life" Golf Scramble June 10, 2017
Now taking sponsorship reservations and team registration. Click here.
12th Annual Memorial Walk September 14, 2017
Regional Suicide Prevention Symposium September 14 & 15, 2017
3rd Annual "Taking Strides to Prevent Suicide" Run/Walk September 16, 2017
We sponsor a support group for those who have lost someone to suicide. It is held the first Thursday of every month at the Idaho Falls Public Library, 457 W. Broadway, Room 4 at 7PM. For more information, call 208-520-8239 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Meetings: 1st Thursday at 12:00 noon. Meeting location is at EIRMC Cancer Center, 3425 Channing Way, Idaho Falls Call 520-8239 for more information.
This group began activities in 2005, organizing a suicide prevention conference which was attended by nearly 300 people. SPAN Eastern Idaho was formally organized in July 2006.
The Chapter has conducted many prevention awareness and education activities since it first organized. In September 2007, the Chapter held a very successful suicide prevention conference, “It Takes a Community to Save a Life” in Idaho Falls. In October 2009, this chapter held a well-attended two-day conference, “Suicide – Let’s Talk about It” featuring Dr. Thomas Joiner and Dr John Landers. They continue to carry out activities relating to goals they have established. These include compiling survivor packets to be given to families and friends after a loss to suicide; a speaker’s bureau to provide prevention information to groups at workplaces, clubs, schools, and others; and a media campaign including PSAs, newspaper ads and billboards.