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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

Leadership

Matt Larsen, Co-Chair
Psychiatry at EIRMC Behavioral Health
matthew.larsen3@hcahealthcare.com

Katherine Alexander, Co-Chair
Promotions Director-Sandhill Media
katherine@sandhillradio.com

Sheila Murdock, Treasurer 
RN at EIRMC Behavioral Health
ksdock@hotmail.com

Tina Wheatley, Secretary
spaneastid@gmail.com                                                                                                       

Bonny Jennings, Secretary
EIRMC Education Office Coordinator
bonnyj@cheerful.com

Upcoming Events:

  •  Youth Mental Health First Aid Class  May 23 & 30
  •  3rd Annual 'Play for Life' Golf Scramble & Lunch/Auction June 9, 2018
  •  4th Annual 'Taking Strides to Prevent Suicide' Run Walk  July 28, 2018 register here
  •                See our FB Page or email us for more information

SPAN Eastern Idaho, Region 7------spaneastid@gmail.com

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, email spaneastid@gmail.com or contact us on FB.

Your Community Meetings: 1st Thursday at 12:00 noon.  Meeting location is at EIRMC Cancer Center, 3425 Channing Way, Idaho Falls  Email spaneastid@gmail.com for more information or contact us on FB 

FaceBook Page:  SPAN Eastern Idaho


History

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.

Activities

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.