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 2 Chapter - SPAN Idaho North Central Chapter
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St. Joseph's community room
SPAN Region 2 Suicide Prevention Conference--
TAKING ACTION, SAVING LIVES
Rural Mental Health: Understanding and Overcoming
Obstacles for Effective Treatment
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The SPAN Idaho North Central Chapter was organized and began regular meetings in February 2004. Twenty-five people from around Region II met on February 24, 2004 and officially formed the region’s SPAN committee. They discussed the Idaho Suicide Prevention Plan, elected officers and chose committee chairs that coincide with SPAN Idaho’s committees. Annette Byington was selected as the first Region II Chair and Maggi Alsager was chosen as Region Secretary. Annette works for Lewiston’s YWCA as volunteer coordinator and Maggi is nursing supervisor for the North Central District Health Department. Attendees at the first meeting were very enthusiastic and energized to work toward preventing suicide and providing support for survivors in the Region.
Early in 2004, Cliff Barnes, the Resource Development Chair went to work right away to hold a fund raising/public relations event. At the Region’s March 2004 meeting, the separate committees conducted initial planning and goal setting and the group was off and running.
The Chapter has held annual suicide memorial walks in remembrance of those lost to suicide each April since 2005. In September 2007, the Chapter held an informative and extremely well-attended suicide prevention conference at Lewis-Clark State College in Lewiston. In April 2008, the North Central Chapter recognized suicide prevention month by presenting “Suicide in the Veteran Population, Risk and Prevention” given by speaker Carolyn Thomas, Suicide Prevention Coordinator for the Veteran’s Administration.