Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition (FSPC)

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Mission Statement:
Collaborate to develop and implement suicide prevention, intervention and postvention strategies and programs.
Vision Statement:
A coalition of Floridians for the elimination of suicide in our communities.

Chair:
Betsey Westuba
Cell: 813-951-1271
ewestuba@yahoo.com
Suncoast Kid's Place
www.suncoastkidsplace.org

Vice-Chairs:
Ms. Lisa Zeller
850-570-0233
lisa.zeller1@gmail.com
&
Mrs. Judy Broward
2240 NW 14th Ave
Gainesville, FL 32605
 352-213-6308

gatorjudy2@gmail.com

Secretary:
Laura Meyer
1980 S. Spring Garden Av
DeLand, FL 32720
386-736-2446
dreamsicle3@msn.com

Treasurer:
Mr. Rene’ Favreau
710 Valley Forge Rd
West Palm Beach, FL 33405
561-818-3856 c
561-547-1195 h
rene.favreau@gmail.com


FSPC Board of Directors:

The Board is made up of the fifteen directors, one from each Region and the elected officers.  To contact a Board member from your area, go to FIND YOUR AREA and see the Region Director.
 


FSPC Articles of Incorporation [click here]

FSPC By Laws [click here]

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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, 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:

bulletCommittees were established (see above)
bulletOrganization was Incorporated and By-Laws were approved
bullet501 (c)(3) has been applied
bulletMembership (individual and corporate/organization) and fee established
bulletDay at the Capitol to be determined
bulletAnnual Conference for October/November, site to be determined
bulletEducation brochure, newsletter and web site to be developed
bulletA needs assessment will be developed
bulletRegion Directors and programs established for each of the 15 Regions
bulletEducation, prevention, intervention and aftercare programs to be established

 

October 14-17, 2002 - The organizers of the FSPC at Camp Blanding (Florida Army National Guard), Starke, Florida.

Participants of the conference were:  Nicola Anderson, Jeffrey Barrett, Nancy Bell, Rene Bruer, Donna Cacciatore, Rene Favreau, Vickie Freeman, Pam Harrington, Liisa Hyvarinen, Marilyn Juengst, Scott Kelly-Spencer, Marshall Knudson, Meghan Lowery, Michael Merchant, Laura Meyer, Christina Mitchell, Keith Mort, Dennis Perry, Jim Probert, Joanne Quinn, Jackie Rosen, Dennis Ross, Jeffrey Ryan, Pat Scoones, Terry Smith, Valerie Smith, Teresa Tate, Bernice Thomas, Donna Todd, Wendy Wiles.  Facilitators from FCTA were Capt Diana Travis & Bob Sneddon.

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