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


Russ Wheatley, Co-Chair
District 7 Probation & Parole, Manager

Matt Larsen, Co-Chair
Psychiatry at EIRMC Behavioral Health

Sheila Murdock, Treasurer 
RN at EIRMC Behavioral Health

Tina Wheatley, Secretary
Survivor of loss

Jodie Mathews, Assistant Secretary
Community Member

SPAN Eastern Idaho, Region


 You are Invited to a Community Conversation on Suicide Prevention and Support     

 Saturday, October 21, 2017  1PM-3PM                              

Madison High School 2300 University Blvd. Rexburg, ID  83440

RSVP by contacting Andra Smith Hansen at or calling 208-589-7759                                    

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

 Your 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


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.


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.