Our Founders


Camp SOS was established in 2011 by the SPAN-GA Team to fill the need for resources for survivors of a suicide loss -- of all ages -- as well as helping families grieve together in a healthy way.  Our first year of camp was held in March 2012, and was such a clear success leading us to continue Camp SOS as an annual resource for families.






About SPAN-GA:


The Suicide Prevention Action Network, Georgia, (SPAN-GA) is the leading statewide non-profit organization in Georgia focused on suicide prevention, intervention and postvention education, awareness, advocacy; and the development of survivor services and support for families, teens and children who have experienced a loss of a loved one to suicide. 100% of funds raised stays in our Georgia communities and brings activities and support to local communities statewide.  Their work includes:


  • Camp SOS- A healing family camp created and established by SPAN-GA: A loss by suicide forever changes lives, but having access to tools that support the journey can help.  Camp SOS gives survivors support to help them travel this journey in a safe, supported environment.  Camp SOS was started 4 years ago and it has become such a wonderful resource for survivor families, helping them long after they leave camp!


  • Purple Survivor Packet Distribution - The Purple Packets were developed by SPAN-GA in 2009 as a resource for survivor families and packaged them in a way that could be distributed through funeral homes, law enforcement, hospitals, churches, and with coordinated efforts by our community coalitions, giving us the ability to put resources in the hands of new survivor families very quickly.  In 2013/2014, they distributed over 10,000 purple packets. 


  • SOS Group Facilitator Training - SPAN-GA has played a significant role in the ongoing development of survivor resources.  Each year they sponsor SOS Group Facilitation training and provide ongoing support and resources to establish and sustain these SOS groups in communities all across our state. 


  • Statewide Suicide Prevention Coalition Building -  In collaboration with the Suicide Prevention Program we help to support the development and maintenance of Suicide Prevention Coalitions throughout the state including bringing training and education opportunities to the areas where we have active coalitions.


  • GSPIN - Georgia's Suicide Prevention Information Network - SPAN-GA conceptualized, designed, developed and maintains a statewide web-based resource for Georgia.  www.gspin.org.


  • CIT Crisis Intervention Team Training for Law Enforcement and First Responders - Working with NAMI GA to train Law Enforcement Officers throughout Georgia, SPAN-GA designed a program for Suicide Prevention, Intervention, Aftercare and Self Care to be included in the Nationwide CIT (Crisis Intervention Team) Training as suicide is the leading cause of death for this population.


  • Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol - Advocating for funding and legislative priorities for suicide prevention, intervention and aftercare.  SPAN-GA has held 13 Annual Suicide Prevention Day's at the Capitol, and was funded to create our State Suicide Prevention Plan in 2000. 


  • Faces of Suicide Traveling Quilts - SPAN-GA took over as quilt organizers in Georgia shortly after we lost Sandy Martin in 2006.  Although there are other groups now who build quilts, we are the organizers of the Georgia traveling quilts.  Our quilts are displayed, shared, lent and we have even built quilts for groups and organizations around Georgia. The importance of the quilts is to create awareness of the crisis of suicide and we work hard to ensure that they are available to be at events statewide.


  • Working with many collaborative partnerships, providing community support/assistance, and creating other community education and awareness activities and events!  Much of this work is supported by DBHDD's Suicide Prevention Program and SPAN-GA works closely with the program to grow the work and maintain alliance with the Suicide Prevention Program.


SPAN-GA Brochure


You can find more information about SPAN-GA at www.span-ga.org, and also check out www.gspin.org and join the broadcast network to stay in the know about all things suicide prevention, intervention and aftercare in Georgia!