The importance of providing support to survivors of suicide – those who have lost someone to suicide – is at
the very core of the Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA). The national, nonprofit organization was
founded in 1996 by Gerald and Elsie Weyrauch of Marietta, Georgia, survivors of the suicide of their 34-year-old physician daughter, Terri. Their goal was to create a way for survivors of suicide to transform their grief into positive action to prevent future tragedies.