Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention

Educate, Support, Advocate & Help


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.


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.



1st & 3rd Monday
7:00 PM  8:30 PM
Claudia Rodriguez
Denise Rodriguez
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