About SPN Survivors

“Be brave enough to start a conversation that matters.”

SPN Survivors is a non-profit organization whose mission is to reach out, offer support, and bring people together through education and awareness while shining a spotlight on suicide prevention, self-care, Mental Health First Aid, and local, state and national resources.

In 2010, our founders, Dave and Karla Truxall, lost their nephew, Mason, to suicide. His death not only blind-sided the family but shattered Karla’s heart into a thousand pieces. Part of Karla’s ongoing homework assignment from her counselor was to look for opportunities to talk about Mason and to talk about suicide. In 2014, SPN Survivors was created as our way of taking our loss, our journey, and paying it forward to help others.

SPN has two meanings. The first is Suicide Prevention Network.

Being a Survivor of Suicide Loss is NOT a club you want to be a member of. We want to spare other families the devastating loss of losing a loved one by suicide by reaching out and offering support through education and awareness of good mental health before there is a crisis.

We also know first hand how important it is to have the support system required to recover from suicide loss and that starts by knowing You Are Not Alone. Resources are available to help you navigate the roller coaster of emotions and we’re here to help you find them.

The second meaning of SPN is that it is the abbreviation for the TV show Supernatural. As fans of the show, we are part of the SPN Family and we are forever grateful for the therapeutic role the SPN Family has played in our lives.  In fact, our motto Helping People, Saving Lives: The Family Business! is also the name of our chapter in a new book coming out May 9, 2017.

In 25 powerful chapters written by Supernatural’s actors and fans, including series lead Jared Padalecki, Family Don’t End with Blood: Cast and Fans on How Supernatural Has Changed Lives examines the far reach of the show’s impact over the last 12 years. 


The last three years have been an incredible journey. Thank you for all your support – the stories, the hugs, the feedback, the love! YOU inspire us to keep moving forward Helping People, Saving Lives: The Family Business!

Always Keep Fighting for better days ahead because #You Matter!

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Photo credit: Karla Truxall and Chris Schmelke