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. 

Lethal Means Subcommittee meets, although not on a regular schedule. If you would like to join us in raising awareness and become active in suicide prevention and survivor support efforts, please contact Lora at

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.


  • Western States Conference on Suicide in Boise on October  22/23, 2018. For more information go to


  • The 10th Annual Suicide Prevention and Awareness 5k walk, Break the Silence, held on September 22, 2018 at Riverstone Park in Coeur d'Alene wa a great success!  A limited number of commerative t-shirts are still available with a $25 donation. Contact Jill at 208-415-5103.