Florida Suicide Prevention Coalition (FSPC)

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Region 1

Counties of: Escambia - Okaloosa - Santa Rosa - Walton.

Region Director:

Raela M. Villanueva
850-554-1827 (cell)

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.
205 Shell Ave, SE
Ft Walton Beach, FL 32548
Administrative Contact:
850-833-7528 (fax)
Hours: 24/7
Hours: 24/7

AAS Certified NO
AAS Member NO
Hopeline Member NO
Baptist Hospital - Behavioral Medicine Center - Adult Stress Treatment
1000 W. Moreno St
Pensacola, FL 32501
Administrative Contact:
850-469-7513 (fax)
Lakeview Center
1221 W. Lakeview St.
Pensacola, FL 32501
Administrative Contact:
850-433-8336 pager-teen line
850-433-7273 rape crisis
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:
850-892-8051 (fax)
  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 Active Minds (formerly Students for Suicide Awareness or 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


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


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.

Source:  Florida Vital Statistics Annual Reports
Table D-12
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
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
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
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 Group
Meetings take place on an as-needed basis in Milton, FL.
Please call for more information.
Contact:  Pam Wheeler
(850) 572-7272 or pjwildchild@aol.com

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.
(850) 438-4404 Chapter phone


Mental Health Association of Okaloosa-Walton Counties

571 Mooney Rd. NE
Ft. Walton Beach, FL 32547
(850) 244-1040

NAMI Pensacola

NAMI (National Alliance on the Mentally Ill) Pensacola is a non-profit organization affiliated with NAMI Florida and the NAMI National. The Pensacola Affiliate provides support to families of the chronic mentally ill; to promote the education of its members and the general public about mental illness; to advocate for the rights of, and better services for the care of the chronic mentally ill; and to foster research to find the causes and cure for mental illness. 

Meetings are held the second and fourth Thursday of each month from 7-8:30pm at Lakeview Center, Building "T", 1221 W. Lakeview Center Ave., Pensacola, FL 32501 

PO Box 18124
Pensacola, FL 32523-8124
For more info contact Jane Cartwright:  (850) 208-1609 or namipensecola@gmail.com or visit www.nami.org

UWF Active Minds (formerly Students for Suicide Awareness or SSA)

Weekly group meetings at the University of West Florida (day and time of meetings vary per semester).  Prevention and awareness activities fall and spring semesters at UWF and in the community.
Open to UWF students.

For more information, contact Monika Hauk at mlh60@students.uwf.edu or Tina Likovetz, Advisor at tlikovetz@uwf.edu or visit www.facebook.com/activemindsuwf

PSC Active Minds

Weekly group meetings at the Pensacola State College (day and time of meetings vary per semester).  Prevention and awareness activities throughout the school year.  Open to PSC students.

For more information contact Pablo Campos, President at pcampos@pensacolastate.edu or Liz Mosely, Advisor at 850-475-4835

Adult & Child Counseling Services, Inc. (ACCS)

ACCS is a non-profit in Pensacola whose goal is to provide mental health services to those in need regardless of their ability to pay for those services. ACCS strives to provide compassionate, effective and evidence-based clinical psychotherapy and counseling services to meet the mental health needs of individuals of all ages, with the goal of maximizing personal potential and increasing resilience in the face of adversity. Their mission is accomplished by working in collaboration with state agencies, individuals, families, providers and local social service organizations. 

6707 N. 9th Avenue, Suite B-5
Pensacola, FL 32504
(850) 466-3200

A Clean Mind Counseling

Counseling by Ashley Pennewill, LCSW, a counselor in Pensacola, FL. Ashley works with people here as well as with clients all over the country online, teaching them the skills they need to grow with the hope counseling will enrich their lives. 

For more info, call (850) 501-5110 or visit www.counselingpensacola.com and visit his blog at www.acleanmind.org

Covenant Hospice Grief Counseling

2001 N. Palafox Street
Pensacola, FL  32501
(850) 202-0840

Bob Weatherly, LCSW - Bereavement Specialist     bob.weatherly@covenanthospice.org
Paula Butler, BSW - Bereavement Specialist      paulab@covenanthospice.org
Ariell Ussery, MSW - Children's Support Specialist    paulab@covenanthospice.org 

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