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STATE Organizations and Resources:

Florida's Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention (SOSP)
State of Florida

Sofia Castro, Ed.D, CPP
Suicide Prevention Specialist,
Statewide Office of Suicide Prevention
Substance Abuse and Mental Health (SAMH)
Florida Department of Children and Families
1317 Winewood Blvd., Building 6, Room 259
Tallahassee, FL. 32399


Statewide Office website
Established:  July, 2007

Florida Department of Education:
Suicide Materials on Loan Library

[Click here to see Materials]

  Under Substance Abuse & Mental Health:
to see all about the Act
[Click on: Baker Act Information]


Mental Health & Substance Abuse

Is designated by the Florida Legislature as the State's Mental Health Agency.  It is responsible for designating receiving facilities to serve persons under the Baker Act.


Agency for Health Care Administration

Responsible for licensing all hospitals, crisis stabilization units and residential treatment facilities in Florida.

Choosing a Therapist? 

 [Click here:  Choosing a Therapist]

Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention, (FISP)
Jackie Rosen
FISP Executive Director/CEO
2645 Executive Park Drive
Weston, Florida 33331
Phone: (954) 384-0344
Fax: (954) 384-7988
Cell: (954) 465-7115

fisp@earthlink.net  -  jrosenFISP@aol.com


We service Dade, Broward and Southern Palm Beach Counties

Florida Southeast & Florida Southwest Chapters Area Director
American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
6526 S. Kanner Highway, #133, Stuart, FL 34997
Jill Harrington
P: (561)392-7877 |  jharrington@afsp.org

National Alliance on Mental Illness Florida (NAMI Florida)
NAMI Florida, Inc. is a grassroots organization dedicated to empowering the lives of all who are touched by mental illness. We are the state's largest volunteer advocacy organization of families, consumers, and proponents of the goals to improve the quality of life for people and families coping with mental illness, to eliminate stigma and discrimination related to mental illness, and to increase awareness of brain disorders, treatment, and recovery. Call for more information.
Click here: National Alliance on Mental Illness Florida (NAMI Florida)

Youth Suicide Prevention Prototype Project
Executive Summary Report Year One:
Click here:  Youth Suicide Prevention Prototype Program Report

Florida Alliance of Information & Referral Services

2-1-1 is the national abbreviated dialing code for free access to health and human services information and referral (I&R).  2-1-1 is an easy-to-remember and universally recognizable number that makes a critical connection between individuals and families in need and the appropriate community-based organizations and government agencies.  Check your Region for 2-1-1 availability.
Suicide Stops Here - Florida Suicide Prevention Implementation Project
Louis de la Parte Florida Mental Health Institute @ University of South Florida
Florida's premier research and training center for behavioral health services research.

Central Florida Police Stress Unit


Florida Partners in Crisis
Florida Partners in Crisis is committed to promoting access to quality services, treatment, and support for children and adults who face the challenges of mental illness and/or substance abuse.

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click here to:  Find Your Area or County

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On-line at: http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/

Our goal is to help schools address youth suicide and the final product is
the Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide (The Guide). This is not a
program but a tool that provides a framework for schools to assess their
existing or proposed suicide prevention efforts (through a series of
checklists) and provides resources and information that school
administrators can use to enhance or add to their existing program.

The Guide is based upon a review of the current literature and exemplary
programs and produced in relatively short, separate Issue Briefs (sections)
combined into a pocket folder. Assessment checklists correspond to
particular Issue Briefs to make finding relevant information easier.  
Input and reviews were obtained from Florida state administrators (Health,
Education), national experts (Suicide Prevention Resource Center, CDC),
survivors, researchers, school district level staff, and select agencies.

Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training Materials for K-12 Instructional Personnel (10.14.2016)

I am pleased to share that the FDOE-approved Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention Training materials were disseminated in a memo
from Chancellor Lyons to Superintendents, Student Services directors, Staff Development Coordinators, and school principals last Friday (October 14th).
I’ve attached the memo and supporting documents which include information on the approved training materials (Attachment A),
Review Request form (Attachment B), and a sample Master Inservice Plan for Suicide Awareness and Prevention training. 


FDOE Suicide Training Memo [click here]


FDOE Suicide Approved Training [click here]


FDOE Suicide Request:  [click here]


David Wheeler, Ph.D.
School Psychology Consultant
Student Support Services Project, USF
Bureau of Exceptional Education and Student Services
Florida Department of Education


AFSP's More Than Sad program consists of two components: 
More Than Sad: Suicide Prevention Education for Teachers and Other School Personnel and More Than Sad: Teen Depression. 

College Suicide Prevention Resources:
SOSP College Newsletter

University of Florida Student - Mental Health
PO Box 11750
Gainesville, FL 32611-7500
352-392-1161, ext 4327
352-846-1030 (fax)
Dr Jim Probert, Psychiatrist

Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP)
The mission of FASP is to promote and advocate for the mental health and educational development
of Florida's children, youth and families in educational systems and communities;
and to advance the profession of school psychology in the state.

Florida Association of School Resource Officers (FASRO)

National Center for Education Statistics (NCES)



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After a Suicide:  Toolkits for Schools and others

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)

Suicide Prevention Resource Center (SPRC)

Youth Suicide Prevention School-Based Guide

The National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN)


National Organizations:

American Association of Suicidology
Promotes research, public awareness programs, and education and training for professionals and volunteers.

American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP)
Dedicated to advancing our knowledge of suicide and our ability to prevent it.

Suicide Prevention Resource Center  (SPRC)
Provide technical assistance, training, and information to strengthen suicide prevention networks and advance the National Strategy for Suicide Prevention.  This Center activities enhance national, regional, state, tribal, and local Prevention Networks.
http://library.sprc.org - Library catalog

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline (1-800-273-TALK (8255)
Is a 24-hour, toll-free suicide prevention service available to anyone in suicidal crisis. If you need help, please dial 1-800-273-TALK (8255). You will be routed to the closest possible crisis center in your area. With over 120 crisis centers across the country, our mission is to provide immediate assistance to anyone seeking mental health services. Call for yourself, or someone you care about. Your call is free and confidential.

Veterans Crisis Line
1-800-273-8255 and Press 1, chat online at , or text to 838255 to speak with qualified VA professionals 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year.
Connects Veterans in crisis and their families and friends with qualified, caring VA responders through a confidential hotline, online chat, and text-messaging service. Veterans and their families and friends are encouraged to call.

Suicide Prevention Action Network USA (SPAN-USA)
1025 Vermont Avenue, NW, Suite 1066
Washington, DC 20005
Phone: (202) 449-3600
Fax: (202) 449-3601
E-mail: info@spanusa.org
Dedicated to the creation and implementation of effective national suicide prevention strategies.  SPAN is a network of persons working to raise national awareness and advocate for a National suicide prevention policy.
Reflections and Updates from other Community & Quilt organizers:

National Strategy for Suicide Prevention (NSSP)
A collaborative effort of SAMHSA, CDC, NIH, HRSA, IHS.

Yellow Ribbon Suicide Prevention Program  (YRSPP)
Provides information for preventing youth suicide, includes brochures, fact sheets, and statistics on youth suicide.

Suicide Awareness Voices of Education (SAVE)
Provides information on depression and suicide including a number of educational tools, from brochures, fact sheets, frequently asked questions to support materials for communities to address suicide prevention.

National Council on Suicide Prevention (NCSP)
To further effective suicide prevention through collaborative activities and information sharing in order to save lives.

National Organization for People of Color Against Suicide, Inc. (NOPCAS)
4715 Sargent Rd. NE
Washington, DC 20017
Provide resources for various communities who see a need for: * support for families who have lost a loved one to suicide, * education for school counselors, clergy, and health care providers on suicide, and * help in creating facilities that focus on prevention, intervention, and postvention.

501 Iron Bridge Road #6
Freehold, NJ  07728
Toll Free: (800) 267-5463, (Copline) ext 8
 (732) 577-8300 ext. 8
Fax: (732) 577-9960
E-Mail: Copline@optonline.net

This is the first exclusive hotline for officers manned by retired officers in the country.
"Whether you're on the job or off and feel like there is no one that you can talk to that understands what you're going through, there's always a cop on the other end of the line".
Survivors of Law Enforcement Suicide (SOLES)
To promote awareness on the epidemic of Law Enforcement PTSD & Suicide.
Law Enforcement Wellness Association
Dedicated to Physical and Psychological health of those sworn to serve.

National Center for Suicide Prevention Training (NCSPT)
The NCSPT provides educational resources to help public officials, service providers, and community-based coalitions develop effective suicide prevention programs and policies.

The Link's National Resource Center for Suicide Prevention and Aftercare

A comprehensive non-profit counseling and psychotherapy center whose mission is to provide quality, affordable, confidential services for all ages including individual, couple, family and group psychotherapy and support groups.  It also provides Survivor of Suicide (SOS) Support Team training programs to anyone interested.

Center for The Study and Prevention of Suicide (CSPS)
University of Rochester Medical Center
Is dedicated to reducing mortality and morbidity from suicide and attempted suicide.

National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention
The Action Alliance and represents diverse fields and perspectives needed to advance suicide prevention.  The EXCOM is co-chaired by the Honorable Gordon H. Smith, President and CEO of the National Association of Broadcasters, and the Honorable John McHugh, Secretary of the Army.

National Hopeline Network (1-800-SUICIDE)
Kristin Brooks Hope Center

Dedicated to suicide prevention, intervention and healing: by providing a single point of entry to community-based crisis services through innovative telephony and internet based technologies; by bringing national attention and access to services for postpartum depression and other women's mood disorders; through education and advocacy; through formal research and evaluation of crisis line services; and, by championing the need for national funding for community-based suicide prevention crisis services.

Air Force Suicide Prevention Program
U.S. Air Force successful suicide prevention programs.

INMI:  Interfaith Network on Mental Illness
INMI is a nationwide non-profit organization based in Boulder, Colorado. We are an interfaith organization, meaning we welcome participation from all faith traditions, and we affirm that spirituality is an important component of recovery from mental illness.

Project YES Gay Youth Suicide Prevention

Is an educational working to make the world safer for all youth.  The mission is to prevent suicide and ensure the healthy development of gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender youth by initiating dialogue, providing education, and creating support systems.

President's New Freedom Commission on Mental Health Report
Released:  July 22, 2003
It recommends a wholesale transformation that involves consumers and providers, policymakers at all levels of government, and both public and private sectors.
[See Goal 1.1 - Advance and implement a national campaign to reduce the stigma of seeking care and a national strategy for suicide prevention]

President's New Freedom Commission

TeenScreen Program
The Columbia University TeenScreen Program is an adolescent mental health and suicide-screening initiative. By helping communities establish programs in schools, doctors’ offices, juvenile justice facilities and other youth organizations, and collaborating with legislators, administrators, and advocates to promote mental health screening throughout the country, we hope to offer all parents the opportunity for their teenager to receive a voluntary mental health check-up.

The Jason Foundation, Inc
Is a national recognized leader in youth suicide awareness and prevention.  They make a wide range of informative, educational materials and programs available to parents, teachers, youth workers and others who are concerned about the alarming statistics that link our country's next generations and suicide.

Jed Foundation
A web based resource that will provide students with a non-threatening and supportive link to their respective college's mental health center as well as important mental health information.

National Center for Injury Prevention & Control (CDC)
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  It provides statistics, publications, health information, and funding announcements.
Injury Maps:  www.cdc.gov/ncipc/maps
Nonfatal injuries:  www.cdc.gov/ncipc/wisqars
State Injury Profile & Indicators Report:  www.cdc.gov/ncipc/pub-res/pubs.htm

Youth Behavioral Surveillance System:  www.cdc.gov/nccdphp/dash/yrbs/index.htm
Behavioral Risk Factor Surveillance System:  www.cdc.gov/brfss/
Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR): http://www.cdc.gov/mmwr
National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS):  www.cdc.gov/nchs
Nat'l Hospital Discharge and Ambulatory Surgery Data:  www.cdc.gov/nchs/about/major/hdasd/nhds.htm

Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration
An agency of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
This site is dedicated to the National Strategy and suicide prevention, which offers the public facts about suicide, details of federal, state and private suicide prevention activities, resources for practitioners and researchers, and funding opportunities.

Mental Health America (MHA)
formally the National Mental Health Association (NMHA)

Mental Health America (formerly known as the National Mental Health Association) is the country’s leading nonprofit dedicated to helping ALL people live mentally healthier lives. With our more than 320 affiliates nationwide, we represent a growing movement of Americans who promote mental wellness for the health and well-being of the nation – everyday and in times of crisis.

National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI)

NAMI is a non-profit, grassroots organization and is dedicated to the eradication mental illnesses and to the improvement of the quality of life of all whose lives are affected by these diseases.  NAMI today works to achieve equitable services and treatment for more than 15 million Americans living with severe mental illnesses and their families.

National Institute of Mental Health  (NIMH)
The NIMH mission is to reduce the burden of mental illness behavioral disorders through research on mind, brain and behavior.  This public health mandate demands that we harness the powerful scientific tools to achieve better understanding, treatment,  and eventually, prevention of these disabling conditions that affect millions of Americans.  NIH is part of the U.S. Department of  Health and Human Services.

Suicide Information and Education Centre (SIEC)
Is a library and resource center.  The site contains a comprehensive list of suicide prevention resources, crisis support information, and links to helpful suicide sites.  SIEC is the quarterly quick reference guide to some of the newest resources in the field of suicide prevention and the publications are available for downloading online.

"How I Stayed Alive When My Brain Was Trying to Kill Me:  One Person's Guide to Suicide Prevention"
a book by Sue Blauner

Prevent Suicide


Postpartum Depression
Depression After Delivery  www.depressionafterdelivery.com
Brooke Shields discusses postpartum depression
"Down Came the Rain: My Journey Through Postpartum Depression" Hyperion

Institute of Medicine  (IOM)
The mission is to advance and disseminate scientific knowledge to improve human health.  It provides objective, timely, authoritative information and advice concerning health and science policy.

U.S. Surgeon General

National Association of School Psychologist (NASP)
The National Association of School Psychologists represents and supports school psychology through leadership to enhance the mental health and educational competence of all children.

Children's Safety Network (CSN)
Site contains publications and resources produced by CSN and other EDC injury prevention projects.  Youth Suicide Prevention Fact Sheet Packet is available for downloading.

Institute for Child Health Policy (CHP)
The mission of the Division of Policy and Program Affairs is to support the formulation and implementation of health policies and programs that promote the health and well being of  children and youth , especially those with special health care needs.

Child Trend Data Banks
The one-stop-shop for the latest national trends and research for over 70 key indicators of children and youth well-being, with new indicators added month.  Provided by Child Trends, a national leader in the field for over 20 years.

The QPR Institute
The Institute offers comprehensive suicide prevention training programs, educational and clinical materials for the general public, professionals, and institutions.
The QPR Institute is now making the electronic version of the best-selling book Suicide: the Forever Decision, for Those Thinking about Suicide and for those Who Know, Love and Counsel Them by Paul Quinnett, Ph.D. available as a free download everywhere in the world.  We wish to thank Reese Butler and the staff of the Kristin Brooks Hopeline Network (1-800-SUICIDE) for helping us bring out this new, e-version third edition of the book.
Instructions for the download are on our web site, including links to free enabling download software for those who need it.

This e-version of the Forever Decision carries a general public license and can be copied in digital format to anyone, anywhere.  Please read the license that comes with the book for details. 

To help suicidal people and those who love them, please considering the following applications:
* Can be emailed to crisis line callers
* Can be forwarded to other list-serves for distribution
* Can be placed on high school and university servers as a service to students
* Can be placed on your web site as a free download
* Can be burned to CDs and copied for distribution
* Can be sent to suicide chat rooms throughout the web
* Can be hosted on institutional, corporate and public health information web sites
If you wish to translate this book into other languages, please contact the QPR Institute for permission.  There is no charge to translators, but we do wish to ensure a high quality translation by qualified persons.
To secure a copy, please visit www.qprinstitute.com
and follow the instructions. 
Thank you for making a difference in the lives of others.
Paul Quinnett
Spokane, WA 99220

email: pquinnett@mindspring.com
office phone: 509-235-8823
Institute phone: 1-888-726-7926

web site: www.qprinstitute.com

Families for Depression Awareness

To help families recognize and cope with depressive disorders.

Comprehensive depression information
  (currently unavailable)

Child and Adolescent Foundation (CABF)

Is a parent-led, not-for-profit, web-based membership organization of families raising children diagnosed with, or at risk for, early-onset bipolar disorder.

American Psychiatric Association

The APA is medical specialty society recognized world-wide.  Its member physicians work together to ensure human care and effective treatment for all persons with mental disorder, including mental retardation and substance-related disorders.  It is the voice and conscience of modern psychiatry.  Its vision is a society that has available, accessible quality psychiatric diagnosis and treatment.

American Psychological Association
The largest scientific and professional organization representing psychology in the United States and the world's largest association of psychologist.  APA works to advance psychology as a science, as a professional, and as a means of promoting human welfare.

Injury Prevention On-Line
This site is open to raise the profile of injury prevention in the UK and to provide a resource for injury prevention for workers world-wide.


Is a free service of the Center for Injury Prevention Policy and Practice at San Diego State University.


World Health Organization (WHO):  Mental Health - Suicide Prevention

The World Health Organization, the United Nations specialized agency for health, was established on 7 April 1948.  WHO's objective, as set out in its Constitution, is the attainment by all peoples of the highest possible level of health. Health is defined in WHO's Constitution as a state of complete physical, mental and social well-being and not merely the absence of disease or infirmity.
WHO is governed by 192 Member States through the World Health Assembly. The Health Assembly is composed of representatives from WHO's Member States. The main tasks of the World Health Assembly are to approve the WHO programme and the budget for the following biennium and to decide major policy questions.
International Association of Suicide Prevention (IASP)
IASP provides a forum for national and local suicide prevention organizations, researchers, volunteers, clinicians and professionals to share knowledge, provide support and collaborate in suicide prevention around the world.

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