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Suicide prevention walk set for September 9
August 4, 2017
The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN) of Idaho will commemorate National Suicide Prevention Month September 9 in Coeur d'Alene with the ‘Break the Silence’ walk. The 5K walk is SPAN’s signature fundraising event bringing together friends, family, and neighbors to increase awareness of suicide in North Idaho.

According to the Idaho Vital Statistics, suicide is the second leading cause of death for Idahoans age 15-34 and for males age 10-14. Idaho is consistently among the states with the highest suicide rates.

“Whether or not you’ve been directly affected, we all understand that deaths by suicide are too common and have become a serious public health issue in North Idaho,” said Lora Whalen, Panhandle Health District Director. “It’s important for us to come together - advocating for good policy, smart approaches to mental health and greater support for those affected by suicide.”

The event kicks off with brief remarks and check-in at Riverstone Park, 1805 Tilford Lane, Coeur d'Alene, at 9:30 a.m., before participants take to the course along the Centennial Trail.

Participants can register online by clicking here. Registration is free, with an option to purchase a ‘Break the Silence’ t-shirt for $20.
In partnership with local health organizations, SPAN is dedicated to continuing suicide awareness programs, support groups and educational opportunities in North Idaho.

All proceeds from registration costs fund SPAN’s local suicide prevention efforts and resources.

SPAN Idaho’s mission is to eradicate suicide in Idaho through statewide advocacy, collaboration and education in best practices. SPAN has created statewide regional chapters to carry out prevention efforts at the local level, and regularly conduct training conferences for with nationally recognized speakers.

To learn more about SPAN’s suicide prevention efforts in northern Idaho, visit
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