In June 1998, the family of a 13-year old 7th grader received the most devastating news a parent could ever hear. Their son had ended his life by suicide. The news shocked the people of the quiet, rural, Carson Valley.

In response to deep suffering and community need, a group of educators, clergy, community leaders, law enforcement and parents established a non-profit agency that is prevention-based to educate, inform and support community members.

Nevada ranks number one in the nation for suicides, with Douglas County being the county with the highest number of suicides within the state. Suicide is among the leading cause of death among 15- to 24-year olds and is, at the current time, the 2nd leading cause of death among 25- to 34-year olds as well.

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.


Approximately 31,000 people in the USA kill themselves each year. One person intentionally ends their life every 17 minutes. It is estimated that an attempt is made once per minute.
• The real figure for completed suicides may be three to five times higher than this estimate because many (if not most) suicides go unreported.
• More people die by suicide than by homicide (murder) in the United States.
• More Nevadans die by suicide than by homicide or automobile accidents.
• Suicide rates, for 15 to 24 year-olds more than doubled since the 1950s and then remained largely stable, at the higher levels, from the late 1970s through the mid 1990’s.
• Suicide rates have declined 25.6% since 1995.
• Each suicide leaves in its wake at least six bereaved family members and friends.
• Survivors of suicide are at a higher risk for suicide than the general public.
• Prevention is often a matter of a caring person, with the right knowledge, being in the right place at the right time and taking appropriate action.

At the Suicide Prevention Network of Douglas County, we believe that by bringing awareness to the workplace, schools, service clubs and homes, we have the opportunity to reduce this devastating loss of life across all ages. We know that without action there will be increased numbers of suicides in the Carson Valley. We all need to work together to educate, inform & support our community and prevent additional tragedies.

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