Florida Action Steps For Suicide Prevention Efforts 2016-2020

Goal 2 - Increase public knowledge of the factors that offer protection from suicidal behaviors and promote wellness and recovery

State  and Local Governments:

Identify and promote strategies which promote wellness and resiliency. Visit http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health/suicide-prevention/suicide-attempt-survivors for information about suicide attempt survivors.

Encourage law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders to attend a tuition-free 8-hour training titled Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Training of Trainers, which has been designated as a best practice by the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention, to learn facts, statistics, truths and myths about suicide, organizational leadership, signs and signals, intervention strategies, and more. For more information email heisler.laura@spcollege.edu or call 727-341-4437.

Encourage law enforcement, firefighters, and other first responders to visit http://policesuicide.spcollege.edu/ to learn more about trainings and the Law Enforcement Suicide Prevention Tool Kit designed to help them present suicide prevention training within their departments and reduce the stigma associated with seeking help.

Become familiar with and implement the Suicide Prevention Protocols for Youth in Contact with the Juvenile Justice System, a resource from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention’s efforts: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/task-force/juvenilejustice 


Have managers and coworkers visit http://www.sprc.org/for-professionals for information on the roles of the workplace in suicide prevention.

Health System, Insurers, and Clinicians:

Provide ongoing training, coaching, and supervision in evidence-based practices/programs for clinical staff. Visit  https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Addressing-Suicidal-Thoughts-and-Behaviors-in-Substance-Abuse-Treatment-Quick-Guide-for-Clinicians-Based-on-TIP-50/SMA13-4793 for a free copy of SAMHSA’s Quick Guide for Clinicians Based on TIP 50. 

Visit http://www.suicidology.org/training-accreditation/rrsr-pc for a training on Recognizing & Responding to Suicide Risk: Essential Skills in Primary Care.

Schools, Colleges, and Universities:

Attend and support the Annual Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol. Contact Judy Broward gatorjudy2@gmail.com for information.

Download The Role of High School Teachers in Prevention Suicide by visiting  http://www.sprc.org/basics/roles-suicide-prevention

Educators, parents, and students can take the More than Sad training by visiting  www.morethansad.org.

High schools can download Preventing Suicide: A Toolkit for High Schools by visiting https://store.samhsa.gov/product/Preventing-Suicide-A-Toolkit-for-High-Schools/SMA12-4669.

Download Youth Suicide Prevention School-based Guide at http://theguide.fmhi.usf.edu/.

Nonprofit, Community-, and Faith-based Organizations:

Plan, promote, and attend the Suicide Prevention Day at the Capitol. Contact Judy Broward gatorjudy2@gmail.com for information.

Plan and promote Out of the Darkness walks. For more information visit http://afsp.donordrive.com/.

Become familiar with and implement the Faith. Hope. Life. campaign, a resource from the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention: http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/faith-communities-task-force.

Facilitate understanding of risk and resiliency factors in specific cultural groups (e.g., race, ethnicity, faith, sexual orientation, socio-economic status, profession or trade) and utilize data to target suicide prevention and intervention efforts in specific populations. Visit http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health/suicide-prevention/meetings for current data on suicide. The data is included in the Annual Report of the Suicide Prevention Coordinating Council.

Develop and implement communication strategies that convey culturally competent messages of help, hope, and resiliency. Visit  http://actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/sites/actionallianceforsuicideprevention.org/files/The-Way-Forward-Final-2014-07-01.pdf to download The Way Forward: Pathways to hope, recovery, and wellness with insights from lived experience prepared by the Suicide Attempt Survivors Task Force of the National Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention.

Individuals and Families:

Learn the warning signs for suicide risk. Visit http://www.myflfamilies.com/service-programs/mental-health/suicide-prevention/about-suicide.

Learn the steps necessary to prevent/stop bullying. Visit http://www.stopbullying.gov/what-you-can-do/teens/index.html.

Learn the youth suicide warning signs. Visit http://www.youthsuicidewarningsigns.org/.