Suicide Prevention


What is the Florida Linking Individuals Needing Care (FL LINC) Project?

  • Primary Goal: Identify youth at risk for suicide (age 10-24) and link them to services
  • Funded by Garrett Lee Smith Act Grant/Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration
  • Supported by Florida Council for Community Mental Health, USF, and UCF
  • Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist embedded in the Central Florida Cares Health System
  • Goal accomplished through evidence-based prevention, intervention, and postvention efforts (primarily policy review, implementation of best practice tools, training/education, and awareness-raising activities)

Why Should We Talk About Suicide?

  • Suicide is #2 leading cause of death in youth ages 10-24
  • Suicide is PREVENTABLE with an educated and action-oriented community
  • Research shows that mental health graduate programs do not adequately train counselors in suicide assessment and intervention
  • FL of Health Statistics (2016) for Circuits 9 & 18 – Orange, Osceola, Seminole, Brevard counties
    • Suicide rate per capita in Florida for ALL ages, 2/100,000
      • Orange, 9 (136 suicide deaths)
      • Osceola, 2
      • Seminole, 7
      • Brevard, 1 (134 suicide deaths)

What are FL LINC Project Aims & Offerings?

  • Zero Suicide: Consult on SAMHSA’s Zero Suicide strategies to create a culture within mental health systems that all suicides are preventable, including evaluation of policies/protocols, implementation of best practice assessment, screening, and safety planning tools, and education for clinical and non-clinical staff
  • QPRT (Question, Persuade, Refer, Treat) Training: Advanced suicide risk assessment training for mental health stakeholders, including screening, assessment, safety planning and referral
  • LINC Care Coordination Training: Develops safety nets of follow-up and referral behavior among local service providers, care coordinators, case managers, and wrap-around specialists to remain engaged and helpful to youth at risk for suicide
  • QPR (Question, Persuade, Refer) Training: Basic suicide prevention training that shares suicide statistics, myths and facts, risk factors and warning signs, and creates community gatekeepers able to identify suicide risk, talk with suicidal people, and enlist help and resources
  • STEP UP Social Emotional Learning Program: Upstreaming through group/training on social skills and coping strategies with middle school students, targets depression in students prior to suicidality
  • It’s Tim e to Talk Abo ut It – Family Training: Teach families to identify suicide risk and provide support and resources for children
  • Postvention Consultation: Develop strategies and protocols for managing suicide risk in schools and workplaces, including the formulation of crisis management plans when deaths occur
  • National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (NSPL) Materials: Distribute suicide prevention resources and materials
  • Community Events: Raise awareness of suicide & reduce stigma by hosting and attending community events

How Can I Participate?

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

Community QPR Training Dates

Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention & Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council

Additional Resources

Suicide Resource Sheet for FL Circuits 9 & 18 (Updated 8-2016) (PDF)

It’s Time to Talk about it, A Family Guide (PDF)

My Wellness Toolbox & Crisis Action Plan (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