Suicide Prevention

Why Should We Talk About Suicide?

• Suicide is among the top 10 leading causes of death in the United States, resulting in about one death every 11 minutes
• Suicide is the second leading cause of death for people 10-34 years of age
• Suicide is the fourth leading cause among people 35 to 54 years of age
• Suicide is the eighth leading cause among people 55 to 64 years of age
• 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 (2022), the suicide rate per capita in Florida for ALL ages, 14.1/100,000

In Circuits 9 & 18, 2014 suicide rates are as follows:
• Brevard, 17.0/100,000
• Seminole, 13.2/100,000
• Orange, 10.1/100,000 (resulting in 128 suicide deaths)
• Osceola, 7.5/100,000

How Can I Participate?

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

Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention & Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council

Florida Suicide Prevention Events Calendar

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