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What’s happening in suicide prevention Tampa Bay...
Oct 26th Out of the Darkness walk at South
Straub Park in beautiful downtown St. Pete. The walk is a special time
of memory for those we have lost but also a time for healing and
Oct 29th Our 5th Tuesday guest speaker, Barb
Hennessy, will speak on STRESS: Recognize it; Resolve it, Reduce
Nov 10th The Street Thundercats Motorcycle
Club of Tampa presents 6th Annual Suicide Awareness Ride at Club 92
10101 E Hwy 92 Tampa Fl. 33610.
Nov 23rd International Suicide Survivors’
Day at Suncoast Hospices
In the News
10/10/12 A recent report on causes of death shows that suicide has now overtaken traffic accidents as the leading cause of injury-related death in the US. [click here for article]
06/09/12 1 in 12 teens have attempted suicide: report CDC finds suicide among high school students on the rise
By Meghan Neal / NEW YORK DAILY NEWS
Nearly 1 in 6 high school students has seriously considered suicide, and 1 in 12 has attempted it, according to the semi-annual survey on youth risk behavior published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention…
Overall, the suicide rate among teens has climbed in the past few years, from 6.3% in 2009 to 7.8% in 2011, numbers which reflect the trend gaining national attention as more teen suicides are reported as a result of bullying…
The CDC anonymously surveyed more than 15,000 high school students in the U.S. over a one-year period, with a 95% confidence rate.
It took 3 years to get “The Suicide Prevention Education Bill” passed and for Gov. Crist to sign it into law on June 4, 2010. A year later, the state legislators and Gov. Scott gutted it.
The state legislators took away the opportunity for teachers to receive continuing education credits for a course on suicide prevention that was available on line at no cost to the state or the teachers. Rick Scott could have vetoed that paragraph and chose not to.
Gov. Rick Scott also took the Office of Suicide Prevention out of the governors office and moved it into the Department of Family Services with a person that is allotted in their pay to work 8 hours a week on suicide prevention for the state of Florida where suicide is still the 9th cause of death. Our new Director of the Office of Suicide Prevention noticed the significant drop in the people attending the Day at the Capital. She has already secured a date for Suicide Prevention Day at the capital for 2013 and we will not be tagging with Behavioral Health Day. It will return to the annual day at the capital for us. One of the goals for the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition this year is to increase the number of hours that the Director works for us. We know she put in more than the 8 hours to help plan the event for this year. She is now working with us to get the education bill re-enacted.
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Teen Suicide in Florida
The latest figures from the Centers for Disease Control reveal that, in the United States, 1,863 youths, ages 13 to 19, ended their lives by suicide in 2010. Florida reported 64 of those suicides. This was 35% fewer deaths than Florida's high of 99 suicides in 2005. Nation-wide, suicide is the third leading cause of death among teens (accidents were number one followed by homicides); Florida is no exception. - SYR 10/17/13
Click to read the CDC feature Preventing Suicide