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Surviving Suicide: Those Left Behind

What happens to those left behind?

In two years, in the United States, more people commit suicide than were killed in the Vietnam war.

What happens to the loved ones left behind? When unable to escape feelings of guilt, they are nine times more likely to take their own lives. Judy and Paul Tunkle—who lost their daughter, Lea, at the age of 22—have worked tirelessly to change that. This program highlights their efforts, as well as the labors of many survivors, to provide assistance to those left in suicide’s wake. Along the way, the Tunkles reflect on their daughter’s life, and other survivors share their experiences of loss and hope.

Produced, Edited & Written By
Connie Rinehart
Tom Donohue
Supervising Producer
Hilary Sio
Executive Producer
Peter Schnall
Coordinating Producer
Elana Bluestine
Tom Donohue
Mariette Hartley
Music Composed By
Lenny Williams
Chris Biondo
Additional Camera/Washington, DC
Horace Shansab
Production Assistants/Washington, DC
Brett Colton
Amanda Mcbaine
Sound Mixer
Joe Caterini, Caterini Studios
Sound Editor
David Wilson, Caterini Studios
Dave Markun, Henninger Capitol
On-Line Editor
Mark Fason
Animation Stand
Ralph Pitre
Production Assistant
Abe Forman-Greenwald
Production Accountant
Brian Minahan
Legal Services
Jason Baruch
Franklin, Weinrib, Rudell & Vasallo, P.C.
Thanks To:
The Baton Rouge Crisis Intervention Center
Out Of The Darkness March Sponsored By
The American Foundation For Suicide Prevention
Special Thanks To
All those who shared the pain of their loss
and for being the installation of hope during the making of this film

—For Discovery Channel—
Executive Producer
Bill Cosmas
Production Manager
Sarah Hume
Production Coordinator
Adrienne Haitz