Monthly Archives: January 2016

Advocates, including #HispaFam, Meet with Lawmakers in Tallahassee for Suicide Prevention

Suicide not only impacts the families of the deceased, but it also sparks a flame in the hearts and minds of dedicated advocates along with ones from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the largest suicide prevention organization in the United States.

Did you know…

  1. About 80% of the time, people who kill themselves have given definite signals or talked about suicide.
  2. Suicide is the 8th leading cause of death in the United States.
  3. There is one death by suicide every 12.3 minutes.
  4. Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for people aged 25-34 in Florida & 3rd for people aged 10-24.
  5. Suicide cost Florida a total of $2,841,739,000 of combined lifetime medical and work loss cost in 2010 or an average of $1,018,910 per suicide death.
The ladies of Hispanic Family Counseling making a difference in Tallahassee, spreading the importance of suicide prevention awareness.

The ladies of Hispanic Family Counseling, pictured above alongside Representative Tom Goodson, making a difference in Tallahassee, spreading the importance of suicide prevention awareness.

January 14, 2016, 14th Annual Suicide Prevention Day, advocates visited Tallahassee to educate our elected officials and urge them to make suicide prevention a priority and to promote policies and programs who’s focus is on minimizing suicide rates in the state. Hispanic Family Counseling said present and alongside advocates from the Florida Suicide Prevention CoalitionBig Bend HospiceStatewide Office of Suicide Prevention, and the Florida Suicide Prevention Coordinating council, these groups encouraged lawmakers to pass Senate Bill 884 [Benacquisto]/House Bill 907 [Eagle] – Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention.

What would Senate Bill 884: Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention do if passed? It would require the Department of Education to incorporate two hours of training in youth suicide awareness and prevention into existing requirements for continuing education or in-service training.

What would House Bill 907: Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention do if passed? This house bill would require the Department of Education to incorporate training in youth suicide awareness & prevention into certain instructional personnel continuing education or in service training requirements & to develop list of approved materials for training; provides that no cause of action results from implementation of act.

Advocates gathered at the Capitol Rotunda at 11 a.m. for the Press Conference, where testimonies, thoughts and songs were in motion. One statement that resonated among many was that “Suicide is a public health concern”. Advocates eagerly listened to legislatures and you too can see coverage of it by clicking the link below:

PRESS CONFERENCE: 14TH ANNUAL SUICIDE PREVENTION DAY

“There is nothing more important than life, if I need to advocate for something, I will always advocate for life.” Denise Lamas, Executive Director at Hispanic Family Counseling, has been passionate about this topic for quite some time. She also stated,  “If we train people to recognize the symptoms, and get the people who want to die by suicide treatment, we can substantially decrease the amount of people who die by suicide”.

Sources:The Florida SenateLive Press Conference: TallahasseeSuicide Warning SignsAmerican Foundation for Suicide Prevention

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TRANSLATED POST TO SPANISH:

 

ABOGADOS, INCLUYENDO #HISPAFAM, SE REUNEN CON LEGISLADORES EN TALLAHASSEE PARA LA PREVENCIÓN DEL SUICIDIO

El suicidio no sólo afecta a las familias de los fallecidos, pero también enciende una llama en los corazones y las mentes de los defensores dedicados junto con los de la Fundación Americana para la Prevención del Suicidio, la organización mas reconocida de la prevención del suicidio en los Estados Unidos.

Sabías…

  1. Alrededor del 80% de las veces, las personas que se suicidan han dado señales claras o hablado de suicidio.
  2. El suicidio es la octava causa principal de muerte en los Estados Unidos. Hay una muerte por suicidio cada 12.3 minutos.
  3. El suicidio es la segunda causa de muerte para las personas de 25-34 años de edad en la Florida y tercero para las personas 10 a 24 años de edad.
  4. Suicidio le ah costado a los Estados Unidos un total de $ 2,841,739,000 del costo de siniestralidad médica y el trabajo de por vida combinado en 2010 o un promedio de $ 1.018.910 por cada muerte por suicidio.

14 de enero 2016, marcó el aniversario numero 14 de el Día de la Prevención del Suicidio. Defensores visitaron Tallahassee para educar a nuestros funcionarios electos de la prevención del suicidio como prioridad y promover programas con el enfoque a minimizar las tasas de suicidio en el estado. Hispanic Family Counseling dijo presente junto a Florida Suicide Prevention CoalitionBig Bend HospiceStatewide Office of Suicide Prevention, quienes a los legisladores a aprobar la medida SB 884 [Benacquisto] / Proyecto de Ley 907 [Eagle] – Conciencia del Suicidio Juvenil y Prevención.

¿Cuál sería la medida SB 884: Conciencia Suicidio Juvenil y Prevención de no ser aprobada? Senate Bill 884: Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention

¿Cuál sería la medida HB 907: Conciencia Suicidio Juvenil y Prevención de no ser aprobada? House Bill 907: Youth Suicide Awareness and Prevention

Los defensores se reunieron en la Rotonda del Capitolio a las 11:00am para una conferencia de prensa, donde hubieron testimonios, reflexiones y canciones dirigidas hacia la causa. Una declaración que resonó entre muchos fue que “El suicidio es un problema de salud pública”. Los defensores escucharon legislaturas y usted también puede ver la cobertura de la misma haciendo clic en el siguiente enlace: Live Press Conference: Tallahassee

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