The Suicide Prevention Action Network (SPAN USA) is a 501(c)(3) organization
dedicated to preventing suicide through public education and awareness, community
action and federal, state and local grassroots advocacy. The 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 – those who have lost someone to suicide – to transform their grief into positive
action to prevent future tragedies.