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 training, education, and awareness-raising activities)

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 (2015), the suicide rate per capita in Florida for ALL ages, 14.6/100,000

In Circuits 9 & 18, 2015 suicide rates are as follows:
• Brevard, 22.3/100,000
• Seminole, 11.1/100,000
• Orange, 10.5/100,000
• Osceola, 9.8/100,000

What are FL LINC Project Aims & Offerings?
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
Penn Resiliency Program Training: Upstreaming through group/training on coping skills with middle school students, targets depression in students prior to suicidality
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
It’s Time to Talk About It – Family Training: Teach families to identify suicide risk and provide support and resources for children
Postvention Consultation & Training: 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 Lindsay Brown, Regional Suicide Prevention Specialist, at 813-846-7543,, or to learn more about how to participate or receive training.

Community QPR Training Dates

(Please register via website event calendar or by emailing

    • December 8, 2016
      • Seminole County Department of Health, 9am-12pm
    • February 7, 2017
      • Heart of Florida United Way, 9am-12pm
    • March 13, 2017
      • Community Based Care of CFL, in partnership with Seminole System of Care, 9am-12pm

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)
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