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Region 5

Counties of:  DeSoto - Pinellas - Sarasota

Region Director

Elizabeth A. Lurie
727-793-4171 (Cell)

If you or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for hope by calling:
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
24 hours a day; 7 days a week
(see "Learn the SIGNS"  button above for more information)

Events for Suicide Prevention Week 2015

Sept. 12 

14th Annual Evening of Remembrance

Time:   Starting 6:30 PM 

Location:  Archibald Beach Park, 15100 Gulf Blvd. Madeira Beach, FL 33708

                         (just north of where Tom Stuart Causeway meets Gulf Blvd.: Follow signs for HALOS)

Sponsored By: Bonnie Oaks with HALOS (Healing After the Loss of a Loved One to Suicide) Bereavement Group and Suncoast Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Project

Details: Survivors of Suicide Loss Bereavement Event 

                       Write a message to our loved ones on a banner

                       At Sunset, head to the beach for a beautiful candlelight vigil to honor our loved ones lost to suicide                                      

Contact:   Bonnie McClelland Oaks 727-403-4355bmcfla@gmail.com

Halos & Suncoast Yellow Ribbon

Suicide Prevention Program

Invites you to our 14th Annual

Evening of Remembrance

On this painful journey, let us gather together and support one another as we remember our love ones who died by suicide

Date:   Saturday September 12, 2015 

Time:   Starting at 6:30 pm

We will be writing message to our loved ones on a banner

Each person will receive a tea light to decorate for their loved one

You will receive bubbles to blow love messages to your loved ones

At sunset we will head for the beach for our candlelight ceremony and more

Where:   Archibald Park 15100 Gulf Blvd. Madeira Beach,

(just north of where Tom Stuart Causeway meets Gulf

Blvd follow the HALOS signs)

  For more information call or text at Bonnie Oaks


Or email bmcfla@gmail.com visit us at
www.HALOSflorida.org or www.suncoastyr.org

AFSP Out of the Darkness Walks

October 24, 2015
 9:00 AM to 12:00 PM
: South Straub Park, 250 Bay Shore Dr. NE, St. Pete, FL
Thuy Huynh 
727-403-2754 and tnhuynh726@gmail.com

Source:  Florida Vital Statistics Annual Reports
Table D-18
2015 7 0
2014 7 2
2013 5 2
2012 7 1
2011 5 1 3
2010 6 1 2
2009 7 2 6
2008 5 2 1
2007 7 2 2
2006 5 1 2
2005 5 2 1
2004 5 2 3
2003 3 4 6
2002 2 0 2
2001 4 3 1
2015 199 35
2014 195 43
2013 168 43
2012 197 50
2011 172 49 47
2010 187 41 44
2009 191 47 69
2008 177 56 63
2007 149 56 54
2006 163 55 66
2005 154 61 65
2004 170 46 77
2003 168 53 59
2002 154 59 65
2001 167 45 75
2015 96 13
2014 64 12
2013 85 8
2012 80 16
2011 75 19 8
2010 79 10 10
2009 70 13 41
2008 57 18 16
2007 70 23 12
2006 55 13 11
2005 53 11 11
2004 65 8 13
2003 65 14 9
2002 64 7 15
2001 55 8 8

Organizations, Programs & Events  in Region 5:

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program of Pinellas County


What's happening in Tampa Bay Suicide Prevention....

                                        A Tribute to Matthew Cook           

On February 12, 2014 we lost a member of PEMHS family. Since 11/5/2001, Matthew Cook has touched the lives of so many PEMHS consumers. Matthew started with PEMHS as a counselor for Families First. He worked in an array of programs including BNet and Children’s Crisis. He ultimately became a therapist for our Adult CSUs in 2007 where his passion lied.

Matthew demonstrated incomparable passion for those that he served. In fact, he would selflessly assist with other programs and provide innovative ideas on expanding client services. In 2009, Matthew implemented HALOS suicide bereavement support groups on PEMHS campus. This group continues to meet bi-weekly and offers emotional support and validation for Pinellas County residents grieving the loss of a loved one to suicide.

 In 2013, Matthew was instrumental in the collaboration of PEMHS and Pinellas Hope, so that Substance Abuse Crisis Intervention Services could be available Monday through Friday to Pinellas Hope residents trying to maintain sobriety during financial hardships.

Matthew recently found his true passion which involved educating future counseling professionals. He established relationships with neighboring universities and actively recruited and supervised Masters seeking counseling interns, many of which obtained employment with our agency.

Matthew also cared deeply for his coworkers. He would not hesitate to approach supervisors and provide feedback on ways to improve efficiency  of procedures in the hopes of preserving the sanity of his co-workers. As frustrating as his persistence could be to some, he was almost always right.  After recovering from his triple bypass surgery 7 months ago, he began taking steps to improve his overall health and decrease stress. He was also the happiest I remember seeing him at PEMHS.

His unexpected death from a tragic car accident left our PEMHS Family shocked and saddened. Matthew’s shoes will never be filled. But the impact he left on this agency and the lives that he changed will never be forgotten.

In special remembrance for the amazing services and time Matthew committed to helping clients with co-occurring disorders; several Board members of The Florida School of Addictions Studies established a Memorial Scholarship in his name to honor him at the Oct. Annual School in Tampa.  The scholarship will pay the tuition for a PEMHS employee to attend the School.  Matthew’s legacy will live with PEMHS forever.

What’s happening in suicide prevention Tampa Bay... 

National Suicide Prevention Week:  Sept 8 - 14, 2013 [1 Attachment]

Following is information about an event hosted by St. Petersburg College.  It addresses a specific risk group, please spread the word about this training.

Contact:  Eileen LaHaie, Executive Director
Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI)
St. Petersburg College
727-341-4502 (office)
727-324-2021 (fax)


National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8 - 14 with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10.  In conjunction with many other events to commemorate the week, the Center for Public Safety at St. Petersburg College will be sponsoring a unique training for fire and emergency personnel.  This day-long event is designed to raise awareness and develop suicide prevention strategies within the fire service. 

According to the American Association of Suicidology  (http://www.suicidology.org/home) and the Center for Disease Control, 38,364 people died by suicide in our country in 2010 (the most recent national data available).  The greatest number of deaths occurred between the ages of 45 and 65.  Four times as many men died by suicide compared to females.  In Florida, suicide ranks as the 8th leading cause of death with 2,922 suicide deaths in 2012.  Pinellas County ranks fourth in the state of Florida for suicide deaths.

While there are no government statistics on suicide death within the fire and emergency medical services, the demographics of the workforce match the risk category presented through national data.  In addition, researchers such as the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (http://www.ffbha.org) indicate that 35 firefighters died by suicide in 2011.  Risk factors for depression and suicide are present in the nature of the work and are complicated by erratic work schedules, sleep deprivation, and relationship issues. 

This training opportunity will provide participants the tools to manage the risk factors, decode communication that might indicate a call for help, identify signs of depression and suicide, develop a plan for intervention and referral, and build protective factors.

 Monday, September 9; 8 am to 4 pm
St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus 9200 113 Street North (UP-303) Seminole, FL

 Partners in the training program include:  St. Petersburg Fire Department

Below is a link to AAS toolkit for National Suicide Prevention Week as
well as links for International Suicide Prevention Day. There is a
toolkit with sample proclamations, info for reporters, etc


Personal Enrichment Through
Mental Health Services, Inc. (PEMHS)

11254 58th St. N.
Pinellas Park, FL 33782
Administrative Contact:
AAS Certified YES
AAS Member YES
Hopeline Member YES
BayCare Behavioral Health
21808 State Road 54
Lutz, FL 33549
Administrative Contact:
Emergency Contact:  813.428.6120 AAS Certified NO
AAS Member NO
Hopeline Member NO

Survivors of Suicide: Support Groups


Suncoast Yellow Ribbon, in conjunction with PEMHS,
to host suicide bereavement meetings


This is a support group for family and friends who have lost a loved one to suicide. Grieving a death by suicide is a long journey that can be shared by others who have felt the same pain and can relate to what you may be feeling.

When: 1st and 3rd Tuesday of every month beginning

            Tuesday June 1, 2010. Meetings start at 7:00pm 

Where: PEMHS Main Campus Activities Center

             (also known as building I)

             11254 58 Street North, Pinellas Park 33782

This is an open group. You are welcome to join at any time. Please contact Bonnie McClelland at 737-394-8222 or Matthew Cook at 727-545-6477 ext 435 for details.

Quilts by:
Bonnie McClelland

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program of Pinellas County


St Petersburg Times:  www.sptimes.com