• Submitted By 2-1-1 Big Bend, Inc.

Suicide Prevention Week for 2015 is set for September 7th through 13th.

 Florida ranks 21st in the nation in its rate of suicide deaths.

 Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States with one suicide occurring on average every 12.8 minutes.

 Suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death among 15 to 24-year-olds.

 The elderly make up 14.1% of the population, but comprise 17.5% of all suicides.

 Approximately 1,028,725 Americans attempt suicide each year.

 It is estimated that five million living Americans have attempted to kill themselves.

 Every year in the United States, more than 21,100 men and women kill themselves with a gun; two thirds more than the number who use a gun to kill another person.

 An estimated 4.8 million Americans are survivors of suicide of a friend, family member, or loved one.

Katie Kliner, Hotline Supervisor/Trainer and Harold Stephenson, Outreach and Education Coordinator, are experts in the areas of suicide assessment and intervention. All of the program staff members at 2-1-1 Big Bend are well trained and many are certified crisis workers. Our hotline counselors have crisis intervention skills and can provide supportive counseling as well as referrals to other services. Our community resource directory is extensive and updated daily. Callers can remain anonymous and all services are free of charge. Anyone can call our three digit 2-1-1 number twenty four hours a day. We also answer calls from the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. That number is 800-273-8255.

Last year our counselors answered more than 700 calls related to suicide in the Big Bend area. Four hundred forty four callers were assessed as high, medium or low risk for suicide. Another 200 calls were from people concerned about others who they thought may be at risk for suicide. In addition, other people called for general information about suicide. Our counselors helped prevent hundreds of suicide attempts and saved many lives.

We train volunteer counselors to help answer our hotlines at three times during the year. Plus, we have two trainers who can provide Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training to our staff and the communities in our area. Call our Coordinator of Volunteers for more information at 850-617-6309.

National Suicide Prevention Week, September 7th - 13th. This year’s theme is “Preventing Suicide: Reaching Out and Saving Lives.” . 2-1-1 Big Bend will conduct orientation sessions that week for its hotline counselor training class that begins September 15. www.211bigbend.org.

To arrange an interview or for more information, please contact Katie Kliner, Hotline Supervisor/Trainer at 850-617-6320 or Harold Stephenson, Outreach and Education Coordinator at 850-617-6303.


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