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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

Leadership

Russ Wheatley, Co-Chair
District 7 Probation & Parole, Manager
rwheatle@idoc.idaho.gov

Matt Larsen, Co-Chair
Psychiatry at EIRMC Behavioral Health
matthew.larsen3@hcahealthcare.com

Sheila Murdock, Treasurer 
RN at EIRMC Behavioral Health
sheila.murdock@hcahealthcare.com

Tina Wheatley, Secretary
Survivor of loss
spaneastid@gmail.com

Jodie Mathews, Assistant Secretary
Community Member
jlkmathews@gmail.com

Our National Suicide Prevention Month events for 2017

*12th Annual Memorial Walk  Sept. 14, 2017 6:30pm Community Park 700 E. 25th St  Idaho Falls  SW corner at the aspen grove

*Regional Suicide Prevention Symposium    Sept. 14 & 15, 2017  Please note that you must register for each day.

     Sept 14th-Pocatello      Register

     Sept 15th-Idaho Falls   Register

*3rd Annual "Taking Strides to Prevent Suicide" Run/Walk       Sept. 16, 2017     Register

*Community Night at MacKenzie River, Idaho Falls  Sept. 18th.

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 spaneastid@gmail.com.

Community 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. 

FaceBook Page:  SPAN Eastern Idaho

History

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.

Activities

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.