Broward Suicide Prevention Coalition

SUICIDE PREVENTION

is everyone's responsibility

In February 2018, Broward County experienced the tragic shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas  High School that shocked and re-shaped reality for our community. In that year alone there were 264 suicides which was an increase of 17.6% in one year. In February 2019, MSD saw two students attempt to take their lives and a third complete suicide in what is believe to be directly related to the tragedy a year earlier. Acutely aware of the possibility of a suicide cluster, the behavioral health and city leadership came together to discuss how to address the needs of our community. To create alignment in efforts and services, Broward Behavioral Health Coalition convened a coalition of key community stakeholders and a consultant from the American Suicidology Association to perform a psychological autopsy on Broward County. From that information a needs assessment and Community-wide Suicide Prevention Plan was created.

While there are many suicide prevention initiatives and sources of data to track all levels of suicidality, only the Broward Suicide Prevention Coalition gathers key stakeholders, across sectors and fields to work together on a strategic mission of reaching a Zero Suicide Initiative in Broward County. The Broward Suicide Prevention Coalition was created in 2019 as a collaborative with representation from approximately 50 local agencies, including mental health, law enforcement, education, hospitals and the business community. The intention of the Broward Suicide Prevention Coalition is to align, inform and convene all suicide prevention efforts across the County in order to increase systemic capacity, empower partnerships, and reduce over-lap.

view the resource guide for Surviving Loved ones

Have you lost a loved one to suicide?

For Support, Information & Resources, connect with the Local Outreach for Suicide Survivors (LOSS) Team link by clicking here or call 954.746.2055 X134 or [email protected].

SUICIDE PREVENTION RESOURCES

988 Suicide & Crisis Lifeline
Free and confidential support for emotional distress, thoughts of suicide, substance abuse/mental health crisis and Veterans crisis for you or your loved ones.

211 Non Emergency Helpline
Free and confidential support for housing, food, utility assistance, healthcare services, transportation, legal services and counseling.

911 Emergency Number
For medical, fire, crime, abduction, domestic violence, impaired driving and suspicious activities.

Community Resources Rack Card

Gun Safety Brochure 

Language Matters Card 

FL LEADS Project (Launch Engage Activate Departments and Systems for Zero Suicide

Zero Suicide Institute (ZSI)

JOIN OUR WORKGROUPS

RESOURCES WORKGROUP

To increase community and stakeholder awareness of and access to mental health and suicide prevention resources in Broward County.

Chair: Gail Moore

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LETHAL MEANS WORKGROUP

To reduce access to the most lethal means of suicide in Broward County. These include guns, blunt force trauma by rail system, & intentional drug overdose.

Chair: Paul Jaquith

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DATA WORKGROUP

To share timely and reliable information about suicide deaths in Broward that helps define and determine the magnitude of suicide risk and provide early warning and emerging problems.

Co-Chairs: Shantigra ‘Shae’ Williams and Shira Fowlkes

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ZERO SUICIDE RESPONSE WORKGROUP

To assist health and behavioral health organizations in their adoption of the Zero Suicide framework across Broward County.

Open to only past members of the Zero Suicide Academy

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Broward Suicide

stats

41%

of suicide deaths in Broward from 2018 to 2022 were 60+ years old.

34%

In 2022, 34% of Middle School and 25% of High School students in Broward reported having thoughts of suicide in the preceding 12 months. Rates of attempts are highest for Black youth.

42%

In 2022, 42% of all suicide deaths were by gunshot.

UPCOMING EVENTS

MEMBER ORGANIZATIONS

Broward Behavioral Health Coalition

Broward County

Florida Department of Children & Families

Broward County School Board

Children’s Services Council

First Call for Help of Broward County

17th Judicial Court District

Area Agency on Aging Broward

Broward Medical Examiner’s Office

Broward Sheriff’s Office

Calvary Church

CCP Cares

CHC Hearing

Broward Health

Davie Police Department

Deerfield Beach Community Cares

Faces and Voices of Recovery

Florida Department of Health

Mental Health America/Florida Initiative for Suicide Prevention

Harmony Development Center

Henderson Behavioral Health

Healthtrust

JAFCO

Jewish Federation of Broward County

League of Women Voters

Lynn University

Memorial Healthcare System

Miami Veterans Affairs

NAMI Broward

Nova Southeastern University

South Florida Wellness Network

SunServe

Smith Community Mental Health

The Journey Institute

University of South Florida

WondHERful

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