March 16, 2015
Michelle Glady, DCF Press Secretary, (850) 717-4450
Betsey Westuba, Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition Chair, 813-951-1271
Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, DCF Convene for 13th Annual Suicide Prevention Days at the Capitol
TALLAHASSEE—The Florida Department of Children and Families (DCF), along with other state agencies and community organizations, are partnering with the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition to recognize the 13th Annual Suicide Prevention Days, March 18 and 19 at the Capitol.
During the event, advocates from organizations throughout Florida will collaborate and discuss current and past strategies to help prevent suicide. Throughout the rotunda area of the Capitol building, there will be displays representing organizations related to the prevention and awareness of suicide. Advocates will visit legislative offices to encourage support for current suicide prevention and mental health issues.
“This event brings important attention to an issue that touches Florida families every day.” DCF Assistant Secretary of Substance Abuse and Mental Health John Bryant said. “Education and awareness are the keys in preventing these tragedies and helping individuals in crisis.”
In 2013 nearly 2,900 reported suicides were recorded in Florida – representing the 9th largest cause of death among Floridians. Suicide is a major public health concern, cutting across every socio-economic, racial and ethnic background.
- WHAT: Suicide Prevention Day Press Conference
- DCF Assistant Secretary of Substance Abuse and Mental Health John Bryant
- FSU Deputy Chief of Police Major Jim Russell
- WHEN: Thursday, March 19, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
- WHERE: Front of the Florida Capitol Building, Waller Park
For more information on the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition and the 13th Annual Suicide Prevention Days at the Capitol, including a full list of events, visit www.floridasuicideprevention.org.