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Region 1


Counties of: Escambia, Okaloosa, Santa Rosa and Walton.
 


Region Director:

Raela M. Villanueva
850-554-1827 (cell)
ms.raela@gmail.com

If you or someone you know, is in suicidal crisis or emotional distress, please reach out for hope by calling:
1-800-273-8255 (TALK)
24 hours a day; 7 days a week
(see "Learn the SIGNS"  button above for more information)


Crisis Centers

Crisis Line/Bridgeway Center, Inc.
137 Hospital Dr.
Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548
Administrative Contact:
(850) 833-9204
(850) 833-7439 (fax)
shobbs@bridgeway.org
www.bridgewaycenter.org
(850) 244-9191 
Hours: 24/7
(850) 682-0101 
Hours: 24/7
(850) 682-0101 

 
AAS Certified NO
AAS Member NO
Hopeline Member NO
Pensacola Help Line-Lakeview Center, Inc.
1221 W. Lakeview St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Administrative Contact:
850-438-1617
850-595-7273 (fax)
(850) 433-8336 pager-teen line
(850)433-7273 rape crisis
Hours:
AAS Certified NO
AAS Member NO
Hopeline Member NO
C.O.P.E. Center-Chautauqua Offices of Psychotherapy & Evaluation
3686 Highway 331 S.
De Funiak Springs, FL 32435
Administrative Contact:
(850) 892-8045
(850) 892-8051 (fax)
www.copecenter.org
Hours: AAS Certified NO
AAS Member NO
Hopeline Member NO

Programs & Events  in Region 1:


The DREAM Project
Dare to Reach Every Achievable Moment 

The DREAM Project is a compilation CD with songs of different genres donated by musicians and artists who have all donated their time to help the University of West Florida’s Chapter of Students for Suicide Awareness (SSA) in loving memory of Tyler Knisely, a UWF student who lost his battle with depression and took his life fall semester 2008 and Jr. Villanueva, a UF student who also lost his battle and took his life spring semester 1997.

The DREAM Project
Dare to Reach Every Achievable Moment
[The DREAM Project]

Here are two links to purchase the cd online, proceeds to benefit SSA: 

THEATER DELTA

Region 1 wanted to share info about Theater Delta, a performing troupe from North Carolina that 
uses Interactive Theater – scripted and improvisational audience participatory theater – to promote dialogue and social change in communities around the globe. They performed at the University of West Florida during Suicide Prevention Week to address depression and suicide ideation, sexual identity and orientation and the stressors of coming out, and more.

UWF's Suicide Outreach and Support, Students for Suicide Awareness, and Gay Straight Alliance hosted the event for Theater Delta's Down in the Dumps, at the UWF Conference Center. The performance addressed the warning signs of suicide, depression, the struggles of coming out as LGBTQ identified,  and how to help a friend who may be considering suicide. The event was free to students and pizza was provided along with information tables. About 100 students, faculty, and others were in attendance.

I was truly moved by this performance, how the actors stayed in character, how the director engaged the audience and got the dialogue going, so much to the point that when I had the opportunity to participate and speak out, I got so choked up after witnessing so many students in the room openly express their current and past experiences with depression that I knew I would break down just thinking about my brother and what he went through. It made me realize the goal of starting SSA on campus in my brother's memory was to bring about events such as this to help students - if that were available 16 years ago, would things be different. I am proud of SSA for bringing this to campus.

Just wanted to share in case anyone across the state was interested in contacting them. If you would like more info, visit www.theaterdelta.com or contact Ben Saypol, Artistic Director at 919-229-1223 or ben@theaterdelta.com


For more information on the Theater Delta performance at UWF, see the following link for the article printed in the student newspaper, The Voyager.
http://www.thevoyager.net/2013/09/dumps-raises-awareness-lgbt-issues/

Source:  Florida Vital Statistics Annual Reports
 
Table D-12
SUICIDES Homicides HIV
ESCAMBIA
2013 49 26
2012 57 24
2011 36 20 12
2010 37 29 19
2009 42 23 15
2008 46 22 12
2007 40 27 33
2006 51 15 28
2005 43 14 32
2004 46 20 27
2003 49 16 28
2002 36 18 29
2001 28 17 24
OKALOOSA
2013 44 6
2012 37 4
2011 30 3 3
2010 35 3 4
2009 47 3 8
2008 43 4 2
2007 33 6 6
2006 30 11 3
2005 34 5 6
2004 27 4 0
2003 28 4 1
2002 28 6 3
2001 18 3 4
SANTA ROSA
2013 29 7
2012 33 2
2011 32 4 3
2010 23 7 4
2009 20 3 7
2008 24 3 3
2007 23 3 2
2006 16 3 4
2005 25 5 6
2004 18 3 3
2003 20 0 1
2002 17 5 4
2001 20 4 2
WALTON
2013 13 1
2012 13 1
2011 16 4 0
2010 11 0 0
2009 12 3 3
2008 7 4 4
2007 11 1 0
2006 8 3 1
2005 8 4 1
2004 8 3 1
2003 6 1 0
2002 10 0 0
2001 6 0 0


SURVIVORS OF SUICIDE:  SUPPORT GROUPS

TCF Survivors of Suicide Support Group
*This meeting is open to all survivors of suicide*
Support group meetings for all survivors of suicide loss.  Meetings take place on an as-needed basis, usually the last Tuesday of the month.
Please call for meeting times or for more information:
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 N. 9th Ave., Rm. 622 upstairs
Contact: Michelle Knisely - (850) 438-3348 (h) or (850) 712-5841 (c)
The Compassionate Friends (TCF)
Monthly support group meetings for parents who have lost a child
Sibling group meets at the same time with a counselor (school-age children)
Meetings take place every second Tuesday of the month
Cokesbury United Methodist Church, 5725 N. 9th Ave.
7:00-8:30pm
(850) 438-4404 Chapter phone
www.compassionatefriends.org
 


ORGANIZATIONS

Mental Health Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties
571 Mooney Rd. NE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 244-1040
www.mhaow.org
Students for Suicide Awareness (SSA)
Weekly group meetings at UWF.  Prevention and awareness activities fall and spring semesters at UWF and in the community.
Open to University of West Florida and Pensacola State College Students.
For more information, email westflorida.ssa@gmail.com or call (707) 893-7720

or visit www.facebook.com/StudentsforSuicideAwareness

Escape Community Art Center
The Escape Community Art Center is a non-profit organization that promotes awareness of mental health issues and provides mental health and artistic resources to artists, dancers, performers, musicians, and other members of the community to assist in the psychological and professional well-being of both the artistic community and local community at large.

Monthly children's art workshops, teen workshops, and Escape music and art sessions held at Long Hollow Studio (700 N. Guillemard St.).

Contact Sabra Jernigan, Executive Director at sjernigan@escapeart.org or visit www.escapeart.org

Stepping Stones Professional Counseling
151 Mary Esther Blvd., Suite 310A
Mary Esther, FL 32569
(850) 226-6430
Ashley Brown, LMHC
www.steppingstonescounseling.org