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FSPC Day at the Florida Capitol
March 26, 2003
Day at the Capitol Chairperson:  Pam Harrington

FSPC members and friends gathered at the Capitol in Tallahassee and helped dedicate March 26 as Florida’s Suicide Prevention & Awareness Day in the Rotunda

[click here to see pictures]

Governor Jeb Bush supports the Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition and is pleased to serve as the honorary Chairman.  [click here to see Governor Bush letter]

Governor Bush Proclaims March 26, 2003 as "Suicide Prevention Day -- A Day to Focus on Suicide Prevention Awareness" [click here to read Proclamation]

Governor Bush held a Press Conference with the following Press Release:

[click here for Governor's Press Release]

The 3 Billboards in Tallahassee were posted!  [click to see Billboard]

TUESDAY, MARCH 25

A Candlelight vigil was held at FSU's Wescott Fountain.  [click here to see pictures]

Members of the Coalition visited the Legislators in their offices and delivered the following:

bulletPackets which include:
  1. “Preventing Suicide in Florida:  A Strategy Paper” Florida Suicide Prevention Task Force  [Strategy Paper]
  2. “National Strategy for Suicide Prevention – Executive Summary”  [National Strategy]
  3. Florida Statistics for each County, comparing suicides, homicides and aids deaths (to be highlighted for each Legislators Counties)  [see this link for the statistics for each County]
  4. FSPC Brochure
  5. One page summary of “Pilot” project of the Florida Suicide Prevention Strategy
  6. AAS National 2000 summary. [2000 State Rankings]   [2000 Age & other Rankings]
  7. Age-Adjusted Death Rates for Suicide, Florida 1998-2000 by County Graph. [Report
     
bulletWe were asking for:

·        Support in programs and efforts to reduce the incidence of suicide in Florida

·        Support in public information campaigns

·        Support in specialty training for caregivers and community leaders

·        Support in developing a responsive health care system

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