Suicide Prevention Network Named A.V.I.D. Volunteer Organization Of The Month

Posted By on June 8, 2015


by Sgt. Pat Brooks, Douglas County Sheriff’s Office

MINDEN, Nev. — Suicide Prevention Network has been operating in Douglas County for fourteen years; for seven of those years, Debbie Posnien has been the Director. Their primary location of operation is 1702 County Road A3, Minden, Nevada.

Debbie Posnien

Debbie Posnien

Some of the key duties of volunteers are working and planning fundraisers, events, presentations and, of course, office help. There are always volunteers in the office so many work twelve months a year. However, depending on the activity, a volunteer can help and put in 10-15 hours per week which adds up to 60 hrs per volunteer a month. It’s entirely up to the volunteers on how they want to spend their time.

A few of the favorite aspects of volunteering at Suicide Prevention Network are their two community events. When volunteers are involved in these events, they meet new people and often involve those new people into a working team. Volunteers have the chance to be creative with their hands and minds. They work in an area that they are not familiar with, which makes them feel valuable. These volunteers enjoy working together to make a difference in the lives of others.

Posnien said there has been no need to recruit volunteers. People who have time in their lives to give come to Suicide Prevention Network because they know what the Network does.

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According to Posnien, the key impact on the Douglas County communities is as follows, “Suicide Prevention believes that awareness is the first step towards help and prevention so our focus is to get people to talk about suicide and not be afraid. We want to do our best to erase the stigma of suicide and the best way to do that is to talk about it. Suicide is preventable so if we can reach out and get those who are struggling to ask for help; we know we will find the help they need.” 

To contact the Network for information or to volunteer, call 783-1510 or go to: