Suicide: From Pain to Prevention

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Season premier. In 2007, suicide was the tenth-leading cause of death in the U.S., but it can be prevented if you know the warning signs. Our panel of experts have insight for anyone struggling with suicidal thoughts – from teens to the elderly and military veterans. A Spokane woman shares her battle with depression and suicidal thoughts.

As always, you are encouraged to participate — with questions phoned in during the telecast or e-mailed before-hand. Send your e-mail anytime to healthmatters@ksps.org and join in the conversation. Your questions may be answered ‘live’ on the air.

Guest Panelists

  • Lou Sowers, Ph.D., M.B.A.
    Licensed Psychologist Police and Lead Psychologist, Airway Heights Corrections Center
  • Paul Quinnett, Ph.D.
    President and CEO of the QPR Institute
  • Kat Armstrong, M.Ed., LMHC, CDP, MHP
    Clinical Supervisor with YFA Connections
  • AJ Sanders, Health Program Specialist
    Spokane Regional Health District

Crisis Lines Eastern Washington, North Idaho, & Western Montana



Military personnel and family members — staffed 24/7

  • 1.877.WAR.VETS

Spokane County – First Call for Help

  • Local: 509.838.4428
  • Toll Free: 1.877.678.4428

Adams County

  • Local: 509.659.4357 or
  • 509.488.5611

Asotin County

  • Local: 509.758.3341 or
  • 509.758.4665 (after hours, Tri.State Emergency Department)

Benton/Franklin Counties 

  • Local: 509.943.6606 (CONTACT Helpline)
  • 509.783.0500 (Crisis Response Center)

Chelan/Douglas Counties 

  • Local: 509.622.7105
  • Toll Free: 1.800.852.2923

Columbia County

  • Local: 509.382.2527 (Columbia Co. Services)
  • 509.522.4278 (Walla.Walla Crisis Line)

Ferry County 

  • Local: 509.775.3341 (New Alliance Counseling)
  • Toll Free: 1.866.268.5105 (After hours)

Garfield County 

  • Local: 509.843.3791
  • 509.758.4665 (after hours, Tri.State Emergency Department)

Grant County 

  • Local: 509.765.1717
  • Toll Free: 1.877.467.4304

Kittitas County

  • Local: 509.925.4168
  • Toll Free: 1.800.572.8122

Lincoln County 

  • Local: 509.725.3001
  • Toll Free: 1.888.380.6823 (After hours)

Okanogan County 

  • Local: 509.826.6191
  • Toll Free: 1.866.826.6191

Pend Oreille County 

  • Local: 509.447.5651
  • Toll Free: 1.866.847.8540
  • Toll Free: 1.800.404.5151

Stevens County 

  • Local: 509.684.4597 (New Alliance Counseling)
  • Toll Free: 1.800.767.6081 (After hours)

Walla Walla County 

  • Local: 509.522.4278

Yakima County 

  • Local: 509.575.4200 (Comprehensive Mental Health)
  • Toll Free: 1.877.332.0991

Coeur d’Alene covering Benewah, Bonner, Boundary, Kootenai, & Shoshone Counties

  • Local: 208.769.1406
  • Toll Free: 1.888.332.8425

Lewiston/Nez Perce County 

  • Toll Free: 1.800.669.3176

Kalispell 

  • Local: 406.752.6262
  • Toll Free: 1.800.332.8425
This series focuses on health topics of great importance to our viewers and specific populations in our service region.
Once a month KSPS-TV produces a live call-in program addressing a specific illness and/or health concern, featuring local panelists (i.e. physicians and caregivers) who will share their experiences and expertise.

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