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Suicide Prevention Day at the Florida Capitol
March 30, 2005, Wednesday
In the Capitol Rotunda
An Invitation to attend [click here]
Chairperson:  Pam Harrington


FSPC members, friends and concerned persons gathered at the Capitol in Tallahassee to emphasize the imperative to help reduce the incidence of suicide in our communities.

Activities in the ROTUNDA on the first floor for the day.  Tables and displays from various groups displayed quilts and other activities.

Press Conference
Featured:  Governor Jeb Bush & Mrs. Bush

See Pictures [click here]
 

 

Governor Bush has proclaimed March 30, 2005 as Florida Suicide Prevention Day Promoting Education and Awareness for Suicide Prevention  

Please join grassroots advocates, survivors of suicide, members of the coalition and task force at the state capitol to increase awareness of the impact suicide has on our Florida families and communities and support suicide prevention efforts. 

Florida has taken a significant step toward preventing suicide by initiating the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy to reduce the incidence of suicide in our state by one third by the end of 2010.  The strategy is designed to serve as both a guide and action agenda to reduce suicide in Florida, to have a lasting impact in bringing suicide to the forefront as a public issue, and over time to save thousands of lives that would otherwise be taken by their own hands. 

Schedule of events 

Displays set up in the Rotunda from 8:30 4:00  

Legislative visits from 8:30 - 4:00 This was a great opportunity to educate our Florida Senators and Representatives on how suicide impacts the counties in their districts and to ask them to support the bills creating a Statewide Office for Suicide Prevention.

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Suicides, Homicides & HIV comparison in Florida by County for 2003:
        A-H pg 1  [click here] I-W pg 2 [click here]

Suicide Prevention Bills Handout [click here]

Support the Suicide Prevention bills in the Florida Legislature;
Senate Bill S 0210   [click here] and House Bill H 0447   [click here]

Press Conference:  The Governor and First Lady held a press conference at 1:30 to roll out the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy: 2005-2010.

Floridians from around the state were invited to join in efforts to help end the deadly silence that surrounds suicide and to move forward in reducing suicide in Florida
 

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Statewide Media Release  [click here]