SPAN Idaho

Region 3 -  West Idaho Chapter

Region Three


Happy New Year

-Meeting the third Thursday of each month at 12:00 p.m./noon,

Next meeting Jan 18th, 2018!

at Indian Creek Steak House, 711 Main St, Caldwell, ID 83605

RSVP to so we can have a light lunch ready!

Take encouragement with this story of hope and recovery 

upcoming free webinar:
January 31, 2018 - 12-1pm MST
Free Webinar on Diabetes
and Mental Health
About the Presenter:
Social, emotional, and behavioral factors significantly impact diabetes management. In this webinar Dr. Walters will discuss how psychosocial factors can help or hinder diabetes management and teach participants healthy ways to cope effectively with their diabetes.



Melisa Blackwell, Regional Chair 

If you or someone you know needs to talk or is in crisis,

call the Suicide Prevention Hotline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255) or 208-398-HELP

Current 2017 Events:
- As you wrap up your year-end giving don't forget SPAN West Idaho/ Reg. 3. Please contact Melisa Blackwell at to make your tax deductable year end donation!

- We are beginning to schedule free Gatekeeper training with the Department of Health and Welfare Suicide Prevention Office please reach out to Melisa Blackwell if you'd like training for your workplace, school, church, community group or family.
Thank you for your interest in increasing suicide safety in your community!

- New- Rock your Roll suicide prevention video's are now on YouTube and watch for them on our Local and Cable TV channels! Love these! They were really well done! We could use these links as conversation starters with those in our life we may be conserned are considering suicide.

2017 and beyond Activity

West Idaho SPAN joined the AFSP Out of the Darkness Walk, 30 SEPT and tabeled informtion about SPAN Reg 3 in collaboration with Reg 4- It was an impressive time of commemoration, education  and recognition. 

SPAN Idaho Region 4 Memorial Walk in Boise, ID 10 OCT 2017 11:45 

Region 3 Co-Chair Melisa Blackwell was invited to join the Emmett (our region) panel discussion during the Federal of Office of Rural Health Policy, National Advisory Committee Site Visit on Rural Suicide 12 SEPT 2017. It was an activating, informative time to hear our regions challenges of responding to suicide. 

Some areas identified:

- rural transport to proper mental health facilities to increase safety,

- payment or access to Medicaid and appropriate mental health facilities for rural land owners and thier families. 

- lack of professional postvention follow up care

- access to lethal means during times of suicidality

- ideas of mentorship for survivor individuals and families 

Thank you Kim Kane for helping coordinating this valuable and connecting panel event!

Thank you Lishawna for your great ISPH Ambassador training!

SPAN ID and Idaho Lethal Means Task Force teamed up to table information at the Northwest Rimfire Championship at Parma Rod and Gun 28 & 29 July! We received a generous donation for a gun lock to raffle off as well!

 Nearly 60% of Idaho suicide deaths were by firearm, your vigilance could save a life! Please join us as we prepare for a fall fundraising event! We look forward to having the Volunteer base to provide a fun and educational opportunity for West Idaho gun owners to learn more about how they can make a difference in preventing suicide in their communities- this FALL Safe Storage event has been cancelled.

Parents, Grandparents, neighbors and concerned adults and peers: Have you heard about the Netflix Series: 13 Reasons Why? Please be informed about the impact this Mature series can have on youth. Here is a couple of resources that can help you be informed:

Find a free Webinar below:

Clinicians: Subject Matter Expert Dr. Bryan , Free Webinar below! 3

Distributing free gunlocks, 'warning sign' wallet cards and other Idaho SP Hotline items at the monthly meetings

Do you live or work in this region and need suicide prevention information, support or training? Please reach out or come to our monthly meetings so we can find ways to support your suicide prevention needs!


Thank you Julie and Norm Lopez Dick for organizing the ISPH Crisis Line banner enter the Caldwell Independence Day parade!

Thank you Rebecca Sprague and DH&W SP office for supplying us with the fantastic new public awarness posters, coasters and table tents... "Lets Rock our Roll and do our part in preventing suicide!"

Thank you Cynthia Mauzerall for heart filled continued service to SPAN Reg 3 and for completing our 2016 Financials and statements. Thanks for being such a great mentor to Nate and I!

Thank you Julie Dick for encouraging Spanish Wallet Cards and Posters in our region and for looking for sponsors for West Idaho- you're an invaluable volunteer and inspiring survivor!

Thank you DHW SP Office Rebecca Sprague for the Gun Shop Project and Idaho Safe Storage Task Force briefing during our March 2017 meeting!

Distributed free suicide prevention awareness items and aprox. 300 gun locks at the Idaho Counseling Association Conference 2017! Great idea Nate! (27-28 JAN 2017.)

Thank you to Rebecca Sprague for briefing us on the great parking garage prevention work and all the updates of the great work the Idaho DHW SP office is doing- it's energizing and encouraging! 

Thank you to the Volkers Family for carrying the ISPH banner in the NOV 2016 Boise Veterans Parade! You guys are so giving!

The SPAN West Idaho Chapter was organized and began regular meetings in January of 2009

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.