Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention

Suicide Prevention

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If you or someone you know is in crisis, please call 911, go to the nearest emergency room, call 1-800-273-TALK (8255) to reach a 24-hour crisis center, or text MHA to 741741 to reach a trained Crisis Counselor 24/7.

You can also call 1-800-985-5990 or text “TalkWithUs” to 66746 at the SAMHSA Disaster Distress Helpline. Trained crisis workers will listen to you and direct you to the resources you need.

Click here for more resources for immediate response.

Recursos para respuesta inmediata

No suicide attempt should be dismissed or treated lightly. We should all learn more about suicide, self-harm, and mental health so that the stigma surrounding the topic is reduced and people aren't afraid of openly talking about their struggles before crisis.

Data from MHAscreening.org

  • More than 25,000 depression screeners reported having thoughts of self-harm or suicide on more than half the days of the week. [Source]
  • Starting in May 2020, MHAscreening.org saw a dramatic spike in suicidal or self-harm thinking. More than 21,000 people reported this – four times the average numbers from November to January. [Source]
  • In June 2020, 25,498 depression screeners reported thinking of suicide or self-harm on more than half of days to nearly every day, with 14,607 reporting these thoughts nearly every day. [Source]
  • In July, more than 72,000 of our screeners indicated moderate to severe symptoms of depression, more than 39,000 had moderate to severe systems of anxiety, and more than 19,000 had symptoms of psychosis – the highest numbers we have ever seen. [Source]
  • Collectively, since the end of February more than 263,000 people - over and above what we would have expected - have screened moderate to severe for depression or anxiety. This reflects how pervasive mental health conditions are becoming in the general population as a result of the pandemic. [Source]
  • In addition to hundreds of thousands experiencing depression or anxiety, more than 42,000 people have also now experienced symptoms related to emerging psychosis. [Source]
  • Most worrisome are the 90,000 plus people who report regularly thinking of suicide or self-harm – more than 30,000 in the month of July alone. [Source]
  • The July average for suicidal ideation was higher than the May and June averages, as well as the 2019 average for every racial/ethnic group. Native American or American Indian screeners had the highest average percent change over time for suicidal ideation at 1.34 percent, followed by Asian or Pacific Islander screeners at 0.68 percent and Black or African American screeners at 0.53 percent. [Source]
  • Since the end of May 2020, nearly every racial/ethnic group has been experiencing consistently higher rates of suicidal ideation than the 2019 average (excluding Native American or American Indian screeners and screeners who identified as another race/ethnicity, who experienced consistently higher rates of suicidal ideation than the 2019 average beginning in July). [Source]

Awareness Campaigns

  • World Suicide Prevention Day is September 10
  • National Suicide Prevention Week in 2020 is September 6 - September 12
  • September is National Suicide Prevention Month 

General Information on Suicide and Self-Harm

MHA's Screening-to-Supports (S2S) Articles

Webinars

Other Resources

Educate, Support, Advocate & Help

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Survivor of Suicide Loss Support

They are mothers, fathers, husbands, wives, partners, grandparents, friends, co-workers and schoolmates. They are children, adults and seniors. They are from every ethnicity, income level, occupation, religion, and location in the world. They are the ones left behind to deal with the pain, sadness, guilt, anger, feelings of helplessness and continually ask the question WHY?

They are you and they are me. They are your neighbors and your best friend. No one is safe from this tragedy. We all know someone who has been affected by this urgent crisis which causes the death of 1 million people annually throughout the world. You may not know that someone who you are best friends with or have another kind of relationship with was affected by suicide because they just don’t talk about it.

If you who have sustained a loss of someone you loved by suicide you need to know YOU ARE NOT ALONE. You have the right to grieve and experience that process in your own personal way. You have the right to be sad, angry, lonely, isolated and feel all the emotions that grief brings. You are not going crazy, you are just grieving! You have the right to do things regarding your loved one in your own time and in the way that has meaning to you. You have the right to grieve for as long as it takes and NOBODY should have to do this all alone.

You can reach out to family, friends, therapists, support groups and of course we at FISP are here for you. Don’t be shocked if those you thought would be there for you have a hard time approaching you and do not know how to help you. Some will run away because they can’t deal with your pain or think you want to be alone. They are not bad people, they just don’t understand how to help you or they have their own issues with loss and/or suicide.

The additional information on this site is to help you find some answers. At some point you will realize that the answer to “WHY” is not what you need to know. Your new emphasis should become the acceptance of the reality that “IT JUST IS” and your need to start working on your grief process. So let’s begin. Give FISP a call and let us help you begin to HEAL!

H.O.P.E Helping Overcome Problems Effectively

The HOPE Sunshine after school club is approved by the Broward County School Board for an entire school year curriculum engaging middle, high school and college students.

HOPE Sunshine Club members host weekly meetings at each school that has a HOPE Sunshine Club.

The HOPE Sunshine Club Teen Board where each club sends members to meet with other clubs officers to share information and help each other make their clubs better.

 

Educational Programs:

Suicide Prevention Educational Programs:
The FISP training for Police, EMS, Teachers, Students, Clubs, Community Organizations, and their Staff Members.

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Support for Survivors of Suicide Loss

Support groups for Adults and Teens, Referrals, Survivor Packages and Phone Support offered for those in need. FISP coordinates and facilitates support groups across the community to address the grief that survivors are dealing with as they try to understand the tragedy and trauma of death by suicide.

 

Schedules

GROUP
MEETING DATES
TIME
FACILITATOR
CO - FACILITATOR
Plantation
1st & 3rd Monday
7:00 PM  8:30 PM
Claudia Rodriguez
Denise Rodriguez
Hollywood
2nd & 4th Tuesday
7:00 PM  8:30 PM
Rene Barrett
Jeff Barrett
Lauderhill / Sunrise
2nd 3rd & 4th Thursday
7:00 PM  8:30 PM
Alexandria G. Nuccio
Caleigh Covell
Imperial Point  English
1st & 3rd Saturday
4:30PM  6:00 PM
Rafis Nin
Zoe Rice
Imperial Point  English
2nd & 4th Saturday
4:30 PM 6:00 PM
Cynthia Bass
Lea Jalbert
Imperial Point  Spanish
1st Thursday
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Rafis Nin
Denise Rodriguez
Miami Group
2nd & 4th Wednesday
7:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Patricia Timerman
Jamie Diamond
Peer Support: Armando Perez