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Depression and Suicide | Resources in Spokane, WA.
Resources - Depression and Suicide

                 911         Emergency

         838-4428      First Call for  Help

1-800-SUICIDE     National HOPE Line   

1-800-273-8255     VA Suicide Hotline 
        (Press #1 to speak to a VA Counselor)

Suicide Prevention Programs

Spokane Regional Health District

(printed March 2005)

Aging and Long Term Care
1222 N. Post
Spokane, WA  99201
Contact:  Nick Beamer (509) 458-2509
The mission of Aging and Long Term Care of Eastern Washington is to promote well-being, independence, dignity, and choice for all older persons and for individuals needing long term care in Ferry, Stevens, Pend Oreille, Spokane and Whitman Counties.  Case management includes home visits and the care givers report to the agency.

Elder Services
Crisis Intervention services:  838-4428
Elder Services provides information and assistance to older people and case management for frail, isolated, at-risk elders living in the community.  The gatekeeper model is used to locate at-risk elders.  Respite services for caregivers, and volunteer transportation to medical services for the elderly are also provided.  The program focuses on maintaining clients in their own homes, and is a unique blend of mental health and aging services.

Greater Spokane Substance Abuse Council (GSSAC)
Prevention Center
1804 E. Sprague
Spokane, WA  99212-2900
Contact:  Dean Wells (509) 922-8383
Resources and training are available on drug and alcohol-related issues.  

QPR Institute Training Program
PO Box 2867
Spokane, WA   99220
Contact:  Kathy White/Paul Quinnett, 536-5100 or 1-800-726-7926, or fax (509) 536-5400
The QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Institute provides suicide prevention training programs to lay and professional audiences, including train-the-trainer programs, distance learning courses, and web-enabled interactive multimedia CD-ROMs.  Courses are approved for continuing education and some courses are approved for college credits.

Rainbow Center
508 W. 2nd Avenue
Spokane, WA   99207
Contact:  Margie Aylsworth, 534-1943, email polterra@centurytel.net
Services provided to gay, lesbian, transgender, bisexual and questioning community.

Reach Out with Hope
Spokane Regional Health District
1101 W. College Avenue, Room 401
Spokane, WA   992901
Contact:  AJ Hutsell at 324,1596
A suicide awareness program available to junior and senior high school students and adults.  The one-hour presentations teach about the rate of suicide, warning signs, how to help, and community resources.  The program is sponsored by the Spokane Regional Health District and the East Region Emergency Management System (EMS). 

SMILE (Students Mastering Important Life skills Education)
PO Box 30357
Spokane, WA   99223
Contact:  Christy Toribara, 448-8886
An educational program that helps at-risk youth develop positive life skills, giving them the ability to deal with emotional pain and life challenges.  This program is targeted at youth, birth to 25 years-of-age.  It focuses on teaching coping skills to youth before they become at-risk.  Information is distributed through educational materials and an annual conference targeting schools, families and those who work with youth.  

Suicide Prevention Coalition
Spokane Regional Health District
1101 W. College Avenue
Spokane, WA   99201
Contact:  AJ  Hutsell (509) 324-1596
The Suicide Prevention Coalition
This consists of concerned citizens, public and mental health professionals, doctors, pharmacists, psychologists, and survivors of suicide.  Coordinated by the Spokane Regional Health District, the coalition meets quarterly, with task groups that focus on 4 specific areas:  General education on suicide and depression, Professional providers, Workplace, and Senior Citizens.  The coalition welcomes new members.  Call for information about upcoming meetings and events.

Urgent Care Services
Spokane Mental Health
107 S. Division
Spokane, WA   99201
Contact:  Jan Dobbs at 838-4651
Crisis Intervention services:  838-4428 (First Call for Help)
Urgent Care Services include: 
First Call for Help, a crisis hotline, professional triage, crisis respite services, crisis intervention and involuntary treatment services.  On-site and professional triage services are offered Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 6 pm.  All other services are offered 24 hours/day, 7 days/week.  

Veteran’s Affairs Medical Center
Contact:  Kevin Bratcher or John David  at 434-7262
Crisis Intervention services.   Services include: 
Walk-in services, voluntary in-patient program, emergency room, risk management/CQI team and CDM HP’s.  Providers are trained in Question, Persuade, Refer & Train—for suicide prevention.

YSPP (Youth Suicide Prevention Program
Washington State YSPP
8511 15th Avenue N.E.
Seattle, WA   98115
Contact:  Sue Eastgard, Director (206) 297-5922   yspp@mindspring.com
Contact:  Corina Lillemon, Eastern Washington Coordinator (509) 489-4741
YSPP was developed in 1995 to address the high incidence of suicidal behavior among our state’s young people. 
The YSPP program has 4 basic components that are available to any community, school or group:

1)  School-Based Programs:  Tool kit training, youth curriculum and technical assistance is available to assist individual schools and school districts with planning and implementation of suicide prevention and intervention efforts.  This service is available at no cost.

2)  Training:  Skilled professionals facilitate all training offered by YSPP.  Costs vary depending on training needs and scope of training offered.

3)  Community Education:  The program supports efforts to raise awareness of the issue of youth suicide in communities across Washington.  These include one-hour presentations, support at community-organized awareness events, printed guidelines, promotion of local and national crisis services, and assistance in developing community task forces that address local concerns about suicide.

4)  Resource materials:  Available in printed or electronic formats.  Printed materials are available through the address above.  Electronic media is available at the website.  http://yspp.org/index.htm

...this is the end of the Spokane Reg. Health District’s
list of Suicide Prevention Programs
(printed March 2005)
  • In 2013, 11% of adults reported poor mental health in Spokane County.  The proportion decreased as age and income increased, and non-whites were more likely to experience poor mental health than whites.  Poor mental health is defined as 14 or more days of poor mental health in the last 30 days.  (Spokane Counts 2015, Spokane Regional Health District)

  • Among youth in 2014, 33% reported being depressed in the last year in Spokane County.  Depression among youth decreased as maternal education level increased, increased as age increased, and was more likely among females, Hispanics, and multi-racial youth.  (Spokane Counts 2015, Spokane Regional Health District)