Our Mission

To collaborate to develop and implement suicide prevention, intervention, and postvention strategies and programs.

Our Values

A coalition of Floridians for the elimination of suicide in our communities.

Stephen Roggenbaum
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Vice Chair,
Paula Edwards
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Rene Favreau
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Myrtice Landers
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Assistant Secretary,
Jody Smith
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Formation of Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition


An initial meeting was held in Orlando, June 8, 2002 in an attempt to organize and pull together the State of Florida at the grassroots level, addressing the issue of suicide prevention. Thirteen attendees spent the day discussing the need and organization of this entity.

The result was the name of the organization, an Interim Officer group, the idea to divide the State into Regions for communication and coordination, a proposed mission statement, short and long term goals developed following the “Action Plan” of the Surgeon General’s National Strategy for Suicide Prevention: Goals and Objectives for Action and to follow and coordinate with the Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force, lead by James McDonough, Director, Florida Office of Drug Control in Tallahassee, and the discussion of the development of a formal State Plan.

It was determined that the group needed to outreach and have a meeting inviting interested members from around the State. Participants were: Wendy Wiles, PhD-Facilitator, Terry R. & Valerie Smith, Pat & David Scoones, Dennis Ross, Brenda Molinaro, Laura Meyer, Liisa Hyvarinen, Donna Haramis, Angela Blocker, Pam Harrington, and Donna Cacciatore.

A three day meeting was held October 14-17, 2002, administered by the Florida Army National Guard at Camp Blanding, FL. This Coalition building program, developed and administered through the Florida Counterdrug Training Academy, was sponsored by Jim McDonough of the Florida Office of Drug Control.

Thirty members from around the State took part in the training and development of the organization with the following results:

Committees were established (see above)

Organization was Incorporated and By-Laws were approved

501 (c)(3) has been applied

Membership (individual and corporate/organization) and fee established

Day at the Capitol to be determined

Annual Conference for October/November, site to be determined

Education brochure, newsletter and web site to be developed

A needs assessment will be developed

Region Directors and programs established for each of the 15 Regions

Education, prevention, intervention and aftercare programs to be established

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Click Here to Download a Copy of the Articles of Incorporation