In June 1998, the family of a 13-year old 7th grader received the devastating news that their son had ended his life by suicide. The news shocked the quiet, rural community of Carson Valley. In response to deep suffering and community need, a group of educators, clergy, community leaders, law enforcement and parents established the Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) non-profit agency in 1999. SPN is prevention-based and dedicated to educate, inform and support community members.
SPN has grown into an agency which provides prevention and educational resources; peer and grief support groups; coordinated services and referrals for individuals and families; community awareness events; and resources for law enforcement and first responder personnel when working with families affected by suicide.
The Suicide Prevention Network Board of Directors has made it their mission to spread awareness through education, intervention and support. The non-profit agency has partnered with other community coalitions to provide materials, training, conferences and support groups free of charge to educate the community on the warning signs and issues surrounding a person’s choice to end their life.
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