SPAN Idaho

Region 3 -  West Idaho Chapter

Region Three

Meetings: Our last meeting was Thursday, 15 NOV 2018, Caldwell ID

Although this was our last meeting the important work of Suicide Prevention continues and we will shift our individual efforts, dontations, and support to the excellent work of the Idaho Department of Health and Welfare Suicide Prevention program (ID DH&W SPP, Directed by Kim Kane), the Idaho Suicide Prevention Hotline (ISPH), and the Treasure Valley American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP) .  These valuable resources are the 'go to' for any questions, resources, trainings, event schedules, and concerns that SPAN, West Idaho may have previously supported. 

All of West Idaho (Region 3) funds will be donated to Idaho youth suicide prevention efforts for our region. 

Thank you for all your support and passion in suicide prevention. We'll see you at a future Suicide Prevention event!

Melisa Blackwell, Regional Chair 

Cynthia Mauzerall, Regional Treasurer 

Suicide Warning Signs

Know the warning signs and look for them.  Warning signs include:

  • Threatening suicide
  • Talking or writing about suicide
  • Isolation or withdrawal (from family, friends, activities, etc.)
  • Agitation, especially combined with sleeplessness
  • Nightmares
  • Previous suicide attempt(s)
  • Seeking methods to kill oneself
  • Feeling hopeless or trapped
More Warning Sign infor can be found at:

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

SP 2018 Events: 
Provided Youth Suicide Prevention for Nampa School District's, back to school event (in collaboration with Region 4 SPAN): Dr. Scott Poland (a international expert in youth suicide prevention) supported this event with two youth suicide prevention trainings and valuable leadership suicide prevention advising and problems solving. 

- WSCOS Registration Live
Boise State University | 1910 West University Drive | Jordan Ballroom | Boise, ID 83725

-15 SEPT A local memorial and suicide prevention promotion "Walk to Live" was scheduled in Caldwell's Indian Creek Plaza on at 10:00a.m.- Blanket donations for survivors of loss by suicide were welcome. 
- 16 AUG Dr. Polland presented on Youth Suicide Prevention for Nampa school faculty and staff and us. 
-AUG 2 & 3rd, SPAN ID Conference:

2018 Conference Line Up:

Dr. David Jobes - Developer of CAMs

Dr. Melanie Harned - DBT-Linehan Board of Certification

Kim Myers - Utah Suicide Prevention, Lethal Means "Is Your Safety On"
Ethics Training From A Faith Based Perspective

If you were unable to atten the SPAN ID conference please consider taking this training (see below for information) 25 JULY:

Remember Sept. is Suicide Prevention month and this training and the conference are a great way for us to increase our safety and readiness to reach out to our community during this time.  

-JUNE 22 & 23rd, 4th Annual Western States Conference on Suicide Prevention  Boise, Idaho

- MAY 21, free Dr. Rudd training

Suicide Prevention and Risk Assessment Training with Dr. M David Rudd
by Idaho Suicide Prevention Program 

Dr. Rudd is a clinical psychologist and a leading expert in suicide risk evaluation and treatment. He has authored several books focusing on suicide, including Assessment and Management of Suicidality: A Pocket Guide.

6 CE's offered for the following licenses: LPC, LCPC, LMSW, LCSW, LMFT

 Click here to Register for Dr. Rudd's training now  or find more info at 

-MAY 4, Legislative Luncheon Fri, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM MDT

LOCATION: Zions Bank Boise/Main, 800 West Main Street, #100, Boise, ID 83702

Click here to register for this Luncheon now or to learn more about this event at Idaho SPC .

-MAY 1, Veteran Center, Caldwell, Opening or find more info about the memorial hall at

Caldwell Veterans Memorial Hall Grand Opening and ribbon cutting with Caldwell Mayor

-APRIL 24, free webinar! NACRHHS Policy Brief on Understanding the Impact of Suicide in Rural America Webinar, Tuesday, April 24, 2018 | 2-3 p.m. EST

In 2015, an American took their own life roughly every 12 minutes, making suicide the 10th leading cause of mortality in the United States. Although suicide affects both rural and urban populations, rural residents face persistent and widening increases in suicide compared to their urban counterparts. Following the Fall 2017 Meeting in and near Boise, Idaho, the National Advisory Committee on Rural Health and Human Services sent a policy brief to the Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services with a set of recommendation that provide insights on how HHS can better inform policy as it relates to reducing overall rates and deaths in rural America. Please visit this link to learn more about the webinar and to register or find it info at:

- MAR 19th: Jason Flatt Act Implimentation update, - (Thank you Jeni Griffin, SPAN ID Director for this info): 
"Idaho's Legislators, in both the House and Senate, unanimously pass Idaho's Jason Flatt Act Legislation (HB 634,) which provides gatekeeper training to all of Idaho's K-12 educators, faulty, & staff.
It is now headed to the Governor's desk. 
Such a victory!
Heartfelt Gratitude to Our Champions:
Senate Sponsor: Sen. Janie Ward-Engelking

Senate Co-Sponsors: Sen. Crabtree, Sen. Potts, Sen. Heider, Sen. Burgoyne, Sen. Siddoway, Sen. Lee, Sen. Martin, Sen. Souza, Sen. Nye, Sen. Buckner-Webb, Sen. Agenbroad, Sen. Hagedorn, Sen. Jordan, Sen. Lakey

House of Rep. Sponsor: Rep. Caroline Troy

House of Representatives Co-Sponsors: Rep. Packer, Rep. McCrostie, Rep. Wagoner, Rep. Ehardt, Rep. Holtzclaw, Rep. Wintrow, Rep. Chew, Rep. Redman, Rep. McDonald, Rep. Zito, Rep. Thompson, Rep. Rubel, Rep. Horman, Rep. Armstrong, Rep. Crane, Rep. King, Rep. Toone, Rep. Smith, Rep. Erpelding, Rep. Manwarning, Rep. Zollinger, Rep. Kauffman, Rep. DeMordaunt

Endorsements: Idaho Education Association, Idaho Association of School Administrators, Idaho School Board Association, Idaho School Counselor Association, Idaho School Psychiatrist Association, Parent Teacher Association, Associated Students University of Idaho Senate, Coeur D'Alene Tribe, Nez Perce Tribe, Suicide Prevention Action Network of Idaho, American Foundation for Suicide Prevention - Idaho Chapter, The Speedy Foundation, #LiveWilder Foundation, Idaho Suicide Prevention Coalition"

-21 FEB 2018 Idaho State Capitol, 7:30a.m. Kickoff, Log on to register  
 Advocacy day/ Idaho State Capitol focus topics: Idaho implimentation of the Jason Flatt Act  
The idea for The Jason Flatt Act began in 2004, but it was 2007 before it was introduced in the format that it is presented today. When passed in Tennessee in 2007, it became the most comprehensive and aggressive legislation concerning the training of educators in youth suicide awareness and prevention. Since 2007, The Jason Flatt Act has been passed in more states than any other legislative bill addressing the training of educators in suicide prevention – as of the publishing of this report (May 2016) – 19 states (38% of the nation’s states) have passed The Jason Flatt Act. Although not the only action a state should take to address youth suicide, I believe passing legislation that requires all educators to receive training within their Personal Development / In-Service / or Certification state’s process is the #1 action that can make immediate and positive impact in preventing suicide attempts and suicides…bottom line, saving lives!

-Take encouragement with this story of hope and recovery 

- We  scheduled 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!

2017 and beyond 
- 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.

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 2017! We received a generous donation for a gun lock to raffle off as well!

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

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

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.