DebbieMeet Our Executive Director…
Debbie Posnien was called to join the Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) in 2007 to help address the high rate of suicide in Douglas County. Her experience as a Pastoral Associate and Director of Religious Education at Saint Gall Catholic Church for 20 years provided a great background for her role as Executive Director for SPN.

In her work with Saint Gall, she handled parish needs including family programs, teen retreats and prayer services. She visited hospitals, care facilities, the county jail and Nevada State prisons and is still very involved in making these visits today. Another big part of her ministry was guiding families through the grieving process before and after the death of a loved one. She planned and worked with families as she made the funeral arrangements, while providing spiritual and emotional counseling for all families needs.

Debbie was born in San Francisco and moved to the Carson Valley where she was raised and has never left. She has been married to Kim for more than 40 years, raised two daughters and is now the very proud Nonie of four grandchildren.

She has the compassion for saving lives, and is responsible for the daily operations of SPN, bringing awareness and prevention of suicide to all residents of Douglas County. Debbie is very busy with many presentations throughout the valley and speaks about suicide awareness to all service groups, staffs and organizational groups and faith communities.

She also works collaboratively with other mental health providers, and facilitates a teen support group along with a teen advisory group called Living Out Loud. Debbie trains and works collaboratively with other community agencies to provide services and referrals to clients. She is also the facilitator of the survivor’s support group for families and friends for those who have lost a loved one to suicide.

Debbie’s belief is that her work and the community must continue each day to bring the awareness of suicide to the valley. Suicide is a preventable death and must be discussed! Suicide is everyone’s business!

Suicide Prevention Network (SPN) is a non-profit organization dedicated to understanding and preventing suicide. Donations which allow us to continue our work are gratefully accepted. Tax ID: 73-1646702