April 22, 2013
Nicole Stookey, DCF Northwest Region Communications Director, (850) 509-2675
Marlene Jehs, Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition Chair, (727) 254-3743
Florida Suicide Prevention Council, DCF Convene for 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol
The Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition, led by Marlene Jehs, will host a press conference to recognize the 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol on Tuesday at 11 a.m. at Waller Park.
Suicide is a public health epidemic cutting across every socio-economic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds. In Florida, twice as many people die as a result of suicide than homicide. Death by suicide means a loss of life, talent, mothers, fathers, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, and a wound that does not easily heal in families or communities.
Every day, an average of 7.6 Floridians will lose their lives to suicide. In Florida, suicide is the ninth ranking cause of death among all age groups. Suicide is an alarming third ranking cause of death for youth ages 15-24 and second ranking cause for ages 25-34.
The event will begin with formal remarks to the media followed by a special musical performance by Raela Villanueva and friends of the “Dream Team.”
WHO: Hayden Mathieson, Director of Substance Abuse, Mental Health and Child Welfare Integration at the Department of Children and Families; Judy Broward, former chair of the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition; Betsy Westuba, Crisis Center of Tampa Bay; and Melissa Whitmeyer, Project Coordinator for the Florida Youth Suicide Prevention Project. The Honorable Ed Hooper, Florida House of Representatives, has been invited to speak as well.
WHAT: 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol Press Conference
WHEN: Tuesday, April 23, 11 a.m.
WHERE: Florida Capitol, Waller Park
For more information on the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition and the 11th Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol, please visit www.floridasuicideprevention.org.