What’s happening in suicide prevention Tampa Bay...
National Suicide Prevention Week: Sept 8 - 14,
2013 [1 Attachment]
Following is information about an event hosted by St.
Petersburg College. It addresses a specific risk group, please spread the
word about this training.
Eileen LaHaie, Executive Director
Center for Public Safety Innovation (CPSI)
St. Petersburg College
SUICIDE PREVENTION TRAINING FOR FIRE
National Suicide Prevention Week is September 8 - 14
with World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10. In conjunction with many
other events to commemorate the week, the Center for Public Safety at St.
Petersburg College will be sponsoring a unique training for fire and
emergency personnel. This day-long event is designed to raise awareness and
develop suicide prevention strategies within the fire service.
According to the American Association of Suicidology (http://www.suicidology.org/home)
and the Center for Disease Control, 38,364 people died by suicide in our
country in 2010 (the most recent national data available). The greatest
number of deaths occurred between the ages of 45 and 65. Four times as many
men died by suicide compared to females. In Florida, suicide ranks as the 8th
leading cause of death with 2,922 suicide deaths in 2012. Pinellas County
ranks fourth in the state of Florida for suicide deaths.
While there are no government statistics on suicide
death within the fire and emergency medical services, the demographics of
the workforce match the risk category presented through national data. In
addition, researchers such as the Firefighter Behavioral Health Alliance (http://www.ffbha.org)
indicate that 35 firefighters died by suicide in 2011. Risk factors for
depression and suicide are present in the nature of the work and are
complicated by erratic work schedules, sleep deprivation, and relationship
This training opportunity will provide participants the
tools to manage the risk factors, decode communication that might indicate a
call for help, identify signs of depression and suicide, develop a plan for
intervention and referral, and build protective factors.
Monday, September 9; 8 am to 4 pm
St. Petersburg College
Seminole Campus 9200 113 Street North (UP-303) Seminole, FL
Partners in the training program include: St.
Petersburg Fire Department
Below is a link to AAS toolkit for National
Suicide Prevention Week as
well as links for International Suicide Prevention Day. There is a
toolkit with sample proclamations, info for reporters, etc