Suicide Prevention

Why Should We Talk About Suicide?
• Suicide #2 leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24
• Suicide is PREVENTABLE with an educated and action-oriented community
• Fear and stigma associated with talking about suicide is a barrier to seeking help
• Research shows that mental health graduate programs do not adequately train counselors in suicide assessment and intervention
• Per FL Dept. of Health Statistics (2014), the suicide rate per capita in Florida for ALL ages, 13.9/100,000

In Circuits 9 & 18, 2014 suicide rates are as follows:
• Brevard, 17.2/100,000
• Seminole, 11.7/100,000
• Orange, 10.1/100,000 (resulting in 128 suicide deaths)
• Osceola, 10.9/100,000

How Can I Participate?
• Contact Stephanie Smith, Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, at (407) 985-3567, to learn more about how to participate or receive training.

 Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention & Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council

Additional Resources

Suicide-Prevention One Pager
Vital Statistics Annual and Provisional Reports
Suicide Resource Sheet for FL Circuits 9 & 18 (PDF)
It’s Time to Talk about it, A Family Guide (PDF)
Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools (PDF)
Youth Suicide Prevention Program:
Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC):
Media Recommendations for Safe Reporting on Suicide:

Teen Suicide Prevention Video from Mayo Clinic